Is Regional Cooperation Dead in Latin America?

By Oliver Stuenkel

With Latin America politically fragmented and convulsed, intra-regional dialogue is getting more difficult.

Ideological divisions and weak heads of state have undermined Latin America’s ability to engage in dialogue, even as the region faces its most profound challenges of the last three decades. The lack of a coherent response to last year’s fraught Bolivian election and the region’s inability to influence events in Venezuela are just two examples of Latin America’s foreign policy vacuum. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine any of the region’s current leaders coming in to fill the void.   

Indeed, as Latin America’s presidents look inward, the region is suffering from a lack of vision as...

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