In Latin America, the U.S. Is Relying Too Much on its Military

By Laura Tedesco, Rut Diamint

SouthCom has become the most visible bridge for political engagement in the region. That’s a mistake, the authors write.

BUENOS AIRES — Of late, the most visible U.S. official in Latin America and the Caribbean has arguably been General Laura Richardson, the head of the Miami-based Southern Command, known as SouthCom. Since becoming the first woman to take the position in 2021, Richardson has been very active—including on issues outside the traditional military sphere. In Uruguay in February, Richardson met with defense and foreign ministry officials and donated 40 respiratory devices to strengthen the country’s disaster response capabilities. In Panama a month earlier, she participated in discussions...

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