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President Obama And The Latin America Partnership

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on January 27, 2010

by Mauricio Cárdenas, for The Gov Monitor, January 24, 2010.

President Obama’s popularity in Latin America is unprecedented for a U.S. leader.

Recent polls show that Latin Americans have a very favorable opinion of him, comparable to the region’s most popular leaders, like Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Michelle Bachelet of Chile.

Many Latin Americans identify themselves with Obama’s diverse ethnic and cultural background.

To many, he embodies the success that is so elusive in Latin America, a region where lack of social mobility and discrimination remain the norm. Even Hugo Chavez, whose inflamed anti-American rhetoric is an essential part of his political speech, is careful when mentioning President Obama directly.

In April 2009, only three months after the inauguration, President Obama attended the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. He shared his vision of a new relationship, based on respect and equal treatment. He praised the economic and social progress that many countries have achieved during the last decade…(continue reading)

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