U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.
With president-elect Joseph Biden so well versed and well traveled in Latin America, optimism about the future course of U.S. relations with its southern neighbors is running high. But in diplomacy as in finance, past performance is no guarantee of future results. Momentous shifts in Latin America, never mind four years of malign neglect by the U.S., will make it all but impossible for a Biden administration to pick up where the Obama administration left off. What’s needed is a new approach that tackles the current health and migration crises, transforms the traditional U.S. promotion of democracy, security and trade, and incorporates Latin American nations into the broader global foreign policy agenda.