April 3, 2015
On April 10 President Obama is expected to join his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts at the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and allow its socialist government to participate in the Summit for the first time has led to predictions that the U.S. president will be warmly received by the region's leaders. But, while the White House policy shift on Cuba has undoubtedly removed one stumbling block for U.S. relations with its southern neighbors, new points of contention have emerged and old sources of tension persist. Will Obama, in the short time he has left in office, succeed in steering the U.S. foreign policy machine in a more constructive direction, or will relations between the U.S. and Latin America continue to grow more distant?
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