Study Group on U.S.-Latin America Relations

Director: Kenneth R. Maxwell, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
September 1, 2000 - June 30, 2004

One curious consequence of the end of the Cold War for Latin America has been its relegation to a mushy zone where hard choices seem unnecessary; the great disadvantage for U.S. policy makers is that this mindset makes any realistic assessment of interest in the region virtually impossible. But to begin any fruitful debate about U.S. policy options in the Americas, such an exercise is absolutely necessary and long overdue.

This study group will look at potential "hot spots" and challenges to the "Washington consensus" in Latin America, as well as the success stories in the region. It will also assess how U.S. policy might better respond to both potential crises and potential opportunities. The result of the study group will be a succinct book, The United States and Latin America: Setting Priorities in the 21st Century.