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Will Biden’s Latin America Team Set the Right Priorities?

Joe Biden, who was sworn in Wednesday as president of the United States, has nominated several officials who will be responsible for U.S. policy toward Latin America. // Photo: U.S. Congress.

U.S. President Joe Biden has nominated, pending congressional confirmation, Antony Blinken as his secretary of state. Meanwhile, Colombia-born Juan González will be the next senior director for the Western Hemisphere in the Biden administration’s National Security Council, and Samantha Power was nominated to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development. Who are the primary players in terms of Latin America policy to watch in the Biden administration, and what do choices so far signal about areas that might take center-stage in Western Hemisphere relations? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Biden’s Latin America team? How much priority will Latin America-related issues take in the next U.S. administration, particularly in terms of funding?


Arturo Sarukhan, member of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Board of Directors and former Mexican ambassador to the United States: “Joe Biden’s deep and extensive role in Latin America and the Caribbean, both during his time in the Senate and as President Obama’s wingman for the region, certainly bodes well for the Americas. However, that does not necessarily mean that his administration will be able to dedicate an unvarying bandwidth to inter-American affairs or that the region is the same as when he left office in January 2017. As the world economy gets a shot of optimism from a Biden win and vaccine news, most Latin American economies enter 2021 challenged either by the need to implement unpopular fiscal consolidation and face social tensions or by the risk of populism and the fraying of democratic governance and institutions—or both. Heightened…”

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