In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has become increasingly strategically interested in Latin America. Despite clear geopolitical goals, the Kremlin’s relationship with the region has been marked by pragmatic realpolitik.
The new Democratic majority in the House will likely elevate a well-known, moderate Latin America advocate to chair the Foreign Relations Committee and provide a balance to the administration’s possible bro-mance with Bolsonaro.
President Trump has demonstrated an affinity for strongmen around the world. Now that he’s likely to have one in his neighborhood, don’t be surprised to see Jair Bolsonaro cozy up to the Trump administration.
U.S. policy is never governed purely by moral calculations. But in the case of CICIG, it is hard to detect any concerns that remotely outweigh the U.S. interest in establishing the rule of law in Guatemala.