Mission Impossible 2018: Rex Tillerson’s Americas Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent tour of Latin America and the Caribbean might as well have been dubbed “Mission Impossible 2018.” Against a growing chorus of nativist and protectionist policies peddled by President Donald Trump, the long-beleaguered U.S. chief diplomat was tasked with trying to convince the United States’ immediate neighbors the region has a role other than being cast the villain. The reasons for trying to convince them so are compelling. As Secretary Tillerson himself made clear during stops in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Jamaica, cooperation with countries across the Americas is vital to advancing key U.S. interests. The United States cannot, for example, successfully confront the Hemisphere’s most significant humanitarian and political crisis – Venezuela’s […]

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