Making Latin America Matter

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Imagine: A Peruvian engineer bids on and wins a contract in Kentucky. The walls and fences between the U.S. and Mexico don’t exist. The people of the Americas, North, Central, and South, trade and travel as freely as Europeans going from Dublin to Dansk.

President Bush’s recent swing through Mexico, Peru, and El Salvador might have inspired that vision in some, but the whirlwind tour did more to underscore the economic and developmental differences between the many American nations than it did to unite them.

While government critics want the White House to make good on its promise to reach out and to reach South, Bush’s people are saying wait, we’ve still got a war on here.


Mirko Lauer, journalist and columnist, La Republica newspaper, Lima, Peru

John Coatsworth, Director, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

Susan Kaufman Purcell, Vice President, the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society