Washington can no longer take the Caribbean for granted. That means more than just impotently warning partners south of the hemisphere about China and Russia. Instead it will require more effective diplomacy and economic statecraft.
The Trump administration has doubled down on a failed policy on Cuba, while talking tough on socialism. Unpopular and ineffective, Cuba policy prescriptions aside, the venue, policies and rhetoric were focused more on the 2020 elections.
On the third episode of “Two gringos with questions,” your hosts talked to Ambassador Shannon on the importance of U.S. presence in the region and his secrets for surviving thousands of meetings and briefings.