At Biden’s Summit, Leaders Should Summon the Spirit of 1994

By Eric Farnsworth

The first Summit of the Americas in Miami had the ambition needed to make hemispheric cooperation a reality.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the Summit of the Americas | Leer en español I ’ll never forget the sense of limitless possibility. During a remarkable 48 hours in 1994, leaders from every nation in the Americas but one joined together in Miami for a celebration of an entire hemisphere, newly emerging from Cold War darkness, united in a vision of the world’s first fully democratic region committed to open markets and social development. As hard as it may be now to envision, the first Summit of the Americas promised to put aside deep divisions to pursue...

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