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Monday, December 15, 2008

The Anti-American Century in Latin America

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathering in Brazil tomorrow will mark a historic occasion: a region-wide summit that excludes the United States.

Almost two centuries after President James Monroe declared Latin America a U.S. sphere of influence, the region is breaking away. From socialist-leaning Venezuela to market-friendly Brazil, governments are expanding military, economic and diplomatic ties with potential U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia and Iran.

“Monroe certainly would be rolling over in his grave,” says Julia Sweig, director of the Latin America program at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington and author of the 2006 book “Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century.”

The U.S., she says, “is no longer the exclusive go-to power in the region, especially in South America, where U.S. economic ties are much less important.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

US trade is second to none in latin america, I find it hard to believe that China or Russia will up end the US in this region of the world. The day the Castro Brothers exit the political stage in Cuba will be the day the realestate values plumment in Florida as more American once again rediscover Cuba.

The sky is falling approach to describing the US importance in Latin America is ficition. When tough times come to the region, they will look first to the US for help, not China or Russia.

Danny L. McDaniel
Lafayette, Indiana

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