Rumors have circulated that President Trump may not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas when it meets in Lima this April. If true, it will be more evidence of a careless (or willful) ceding of goodwill and leadership in our neighborhood.
Trump’s Latin American team continues to expand as Carlos Trujillo has been confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. This is the latest addition after Donald Trump selected former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton to be the new National Security Advisor and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State.
In yet another break with standard diplomatic practice, there have been no press releases or briefings since Jared Kushner’s return from Mexico. This is not the way diplomacy in a democracy is, or should be, conducted.
The Andean country, a proponent of free trade but often a reluctant diplomatic leader, has taken a surprising outsized role in furthering economic integration between Latin America and the Asia Pacific region.
Crime and violence in the Northern Triangle is a regional issue that requires a collective response to the structural factors driving it: weak state capacity, corruption within police forces and the judiciary, and insufficient data. Deporting refugees back to the region doesn’t help.
Brazil faces more challenges protecting its borders than almost any other country in the world. As the country seeks to assert itself as a regional power, measured military collaboration with the U.S. is important for domestic and regional stability.