Guatemala’s New Foreign Policy May Start with the U.S.

By Marielos Chang

President Arévalo seeks to reinsert his country into the global stage, and his first U.S. trip may set the tone for the nascent administration.

GUATEMALA CITY—As democracy fades in some parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Guatemala’s President Bernardo Arévalo can become the newest ally of the U.S. and EU in the struggle against democratic backsliding. Largely thanks to pressure from the international community, he overcame concerted efforts to disrupt the transfer of power and prevent his inauguration in January. After these tense moments, the country became a success story for how to defend democracy. As Guatemala’s new leader prepares his first official trip to the U.S. on March 25—and his second international...

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