What the US Gets Wrong About the Caribbean and Central America

By Richard E. Feinberg

The United States should see the region as a key to its economic recovery – not a barrier.

Globalization might be facing closer scrutiny, but regionalism is resurgent. Everywhere, powerful countries have been strengthening ties to their smaller neighbors. Everywhere, that is, except in the United States, which has too often viewed its neighbors – Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean islands – as problems to be managed rather than as diplomatic and economic opportunities to embrace. In contrast, the European Union has invested heavily in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, fortifying supply chain linkages between the more developed West and the formerly socialist East....

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