I was recently made aware of a new article on the Strategic Studies Institute website that discusses the strategic relevance of Latin America for the United States. Briefly speaking, the article argues that competing great powers can use activities in the region to directly threaten US security as well as tie down US resources so they can’t be used abroad. The Soviets did this during the Cold War, and recent evidence indicates China and Russia are considering similar options moving forward. As such, the author suggests that Washington’s current policy of focusing on issues within the region, such as drugs and democracy, instead of viewing Latin America and the Caribbean as a strategic entity, is shortsighted.
It’s a very interesting piece and one I highly recommend for anyone interested in Latin America or big-picture strategic thinking. You can find the article here.