Latin America has enjoyed a lengthy period of economic and political progress, which should be celebrated. Broadly speaking, the region is in relatively good shape. But there could be turbulent times ahead caused by an array of problems, including increasing drug-related violence in Mexico and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s alliance with Iran. While Obama will probably devote most of his foreign policy attention to the Middle East and Asia, he won’t be able to ignore the many challenges in Latin America.
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