U.S. - Latin America Relations: Report of an Independent Task Force
The Task Force report assesses the current situation in Latin America and offers a fresh approach to U.S. policy toward the region. The Task Force identifies four priority areas that should provide the new basis of U.S. policy toward Latin America, including poverty and inequality, public security, human mobility, and energy security. Among its many recommendations, the report says the United States should initiate a series of steps to normalize relations with Cuba, with the ultimate aim of lifting of the embargo, and it should pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
The summit in Colombia offers Washington an opportunity to boost growing economic ties amid ongoing disputes with regional partners over Cuba and the legalization of illicit drugs, writes CFR's Shannon K. O'Neil.
President Obama gave these remarks at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14, 2012.