Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

CIPR Post-Doc publishes Article on Obama's trip to Latin America

March 3rd, 2016

By Mariano E. Bertucci
Most of the attention on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Latin America is focused on his March 21-22 historic trip to Cuba, the first time a U.S. president will set foot on the island since 1928. But for U.S. interests in the region, the more important trip is to Argentina, which he will visit after Cuba.

The opportunity to work with the Southern Cone country on common issues such as the support of human rights in the hemisphere represents a real window of opportunity for collaboration in the hemisphere, but that window may close quickly.

Obama’s visit to Cuba will crown the restoration of diplomatic ties after five decades of Cold War politics and celebrate the relaxation of travel and trade restrictions. Yet despite Obama’s intention to improve the lives of the Cuban people, the Cuban government has already made it clear that Obama should not meddle in the country’s internal affairs. The most that the Obama administration could have ever accomplished on U.S. policy towards Cuba seems to be behind Obama, not in front of him. All things considered, symbolism rather than substance is likely to be the visit’s name of the game.

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Argentina + People
Rebecca Atencio
Assistant Professor - Spanish & Portuguese