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Council On Hemispheric Affairs
Political, Economic and Diplomatic Issues Affecting the Western Hemisphere
Memorandum to the Press 04.77
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Monday, 25 October 2004
Latin America: The Bush Administration’s Disappeared
Foreign Policy and Kerry’s Future Vision for the Region
• Negative opinions of the United States have mushroomed in Latin America since George W. Bush took office.
• The Bush Administration has done little to improve its strained
relationship with the region; in fact it has increased tensions by offering
pitiful economic assistance to the region, intervening in the internal affairs
of sovereign nations, supporting coups d’état and insulting or threatening
government heads and leading citizens in the region.
• Candidate John Kerry’s “Community of the Americas” plan offers greater hope for the future of U.S. – Latin American relations.
What Latin America is Thinking
According to a survey recently conducted by the Santiago-based polling firm Latinobarometro, negative opinions of the United States held throughout Latin America
and the Caribbean have doubled since President George W. Bush took office
in 2001. Voice of the People, an international polling service, reported that
only in the Middle East is the general attitude towards the United States harsher than in Latin America.
Last March, these opinions were physically manifested when all across Latin America,
tens of thousands of angry citizens took to the streets in fiery anti-Bush
demonstrations protesting the U.S. invasion of Iraq one year earlier.
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This analysis was
prepared by Anna Ioakimedes, COHA Research Associate.
October 25, 2004
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