A possible wall on our border with Mexico, the future of NAFTA in question, a peace treaty with the rebels (later overturned by the voters) for which Colombia’s President Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize, an impeachment in Brazil, Argentina again open for business, and Venezuela in turmoil, Latin America continues to mystify us. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Shannon O’Neil takes the long view, and tells Jim that political upheaval aside, there is great cause for optimism in the hemisphere.
Snowden’s revelations prompted Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff to cancel a planned state visit to Washington to meet with Obama. She even threatened to remove Brazil from the world wide web. Latin American expert Julia Sweig tells Jim that the motivation for the spying is inexplicable, and that the damage to our relationship with a friendly neighboring country is incalculable.
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