On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Kimberly Breier, assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere since October 2018, resigned. Rumor has it Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) is presumably pushing for José Cárdenas to replace her.
On July 11th, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden shared his foreign policy plans, geared toward restoring the American democratic vision and its future in the 21st century. Latin America was mentioned, but barely.
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.