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The outlook for US-LAC relations

The impact of Covid-19

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. While the future course of the pandemic remains difficult to predict, it is clear that, independently of whether Donald Trump or his Democratic Party opponent Joe Biden wins the US election, it will still dominate regional politics for the medium-term future. The dramatic downturn in the US and Latin American economies, rising unemployment, the collapse in the travel and trade industry, and the expected increase in poverty and inequality of income will all take a number of years (perhaps even more than the full four year 2021-2025 US presidential term) to fix.

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