Latin America: Background and U.S. Relations


Antonia Perez

Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000

Geographic proximity has ensured strong linkages between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean, based on diverse U.S. interests, including economic, political, and security concerns. The United States is a major trading partner and the largest source of foreign investment for many countries in the region, with free-trade agreements enhancing economic linkages with 11 countries. The region is a large source of U.S. immigration, both legal and illegal; proximity and economic and security conditions are major factors driving migration. The United States provides foreign assistance to the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to support development and other U.S. objectives. U.S. policymakers have emphasized different strategic interests in the region at different times.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: FY2018 Appropriations
Peter J. Meyer
Chapter 2. Latin America and the Caribbean: Issues in the 115th Congress
Mark P. Sullivan, June S. Beittel, Nese F. DeBruyne, Peter J. Meyer, Clare Ribando Seelke, Maureen Taft-Morales and M. Angeles Villarreal
Chapter 3. Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and Elections
Nese F. DeBruyne
Chapter 4. Trafficking in Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean
Clare Ribando Seelke
Chapter 5. El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations
Clare Ribando Seelke
Chapter 6. Guatemala: Political and Socioeconomic Conditions and U.S. Relations
Maureen Taft-Morales
Chapter 7. Haiti’s Political and Economic Conditions: In Brief
Maureen Taft-Morales
Chapter 8. Honduras: Background and U.S. Relations
Peter J. Meyer
Chapter 9. Nicaragua: In Brief
Maureen Taft-Morales

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