Great Decisions: Latin America's Political Pendulum Led by Javier Morales-Ortiz, PhD
The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Baldwin Wallace University. His areas of expertise include foreign policy analysis, international organization and Latin American politics.