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The outlook for US-LAC relations

Introduction
The January 2017-January 2021 US administration led by President Donald J Trump is drawing to a close...
Part I: Taking stock after four years of Trump
Six months after the start of the pandemic, the United States, along with Brazil and Mexico, the two most populous Latin American countries, were widely seen as having both under-estimated and mis-handled the health crisis...
The LAC region was already experiencing a significant and troubling slowdown in economic growth before the coronavirus pandemic began...
For virtually the entire post-World War II period, successive US governments have formally supported democracy and human rights in Latin America...
For over 40 years successive US administrations have sought to counter drug production and trafficking in Latin America and Caribbean, and the smuggling of illicit drugs into the United States...
A central belief of the Trump presidency has been that it is necessary to reduce inward migration to the United States...
Climate change and environmental issues have been growing in significance over the last decade...
In some ways an early insight into the Latin American policies of a future US president comes from his or her approach to winning votes within the US Hispanic community...
Part II: Expectations for the next four years
Mexico and Central America loom large in US policy towards Latin America, for various reasons...
Under Donald Trump, Washington has identified three Latin American countries which are considered to be fundamentally hostile to US interests: Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua...
Brazil’s current government, led by right-winger Jair Bolsonaro, identifies closely with the Trump administration’s ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) agenda...

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