by Ana Quintana, James M. Roberts
The Heritage Foundation
January 15, 2014
In 2013, the Obama Administration seemed to take for granted U.S. relationships with our many friendly neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean—nations that share our democratic and economic values—while ignoring growing threats to our national security from countries in the region that are openly hostile to America’s core principles. In 2014, Congress should insist that the Administration reshape its Western Hemisphere policy to advance U.S. national interests, improve already robust trade and investment ties, and actively combat criminal and terrorist organizations. Washington should encourage the governments of Latin America to pursue further economic liberalization, dismantle expensive bureaucracies, and seek to attract more job-creating private-sector domestic and foreign investment. As The Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom demonstrates, Latin American countries that follow policies built on democratic and free-market values prosper.