The NTDs and Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America: Opportunities for United States Foreign Policy

Recently published prevalence estimates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in five Latin American countries—Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela—could suggest a new direction for United States foreign policy in the region.

In their 2008 report entitled “US–Latin America Relations: A New Direction for A New Reality,” the Council on Foreign Relations highlighted dramatic and recent shifts in US foreign policy towards Latin America. Briefly stated, following a period of 150 years of US hegemony in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region under the auspices of the Monroe Doctrine, increasingly, LAC nations are looking to other partners such as China and India, as well as the Middle East. In parallel, favorable attitudes towards the US have dropped to unprecedented lows in many LAC countries.

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