A FOREIGN POLICY CONFERENCE
The relationship between Latin America and North America has taken a back seat in the public's mind as countries like China and India seem to loom as the dominant economic and political forces that will shape the future. This shift in focus is regrettable and potentially harmful to long-term prosperity and security. The root problem is that the negative (drug trafficking, illegal immigration, poverty) overshadows the real interests at stake and obscures the dynamism now in play. As the world divides into regional trading blocs, it is the interaction between the northern and southern hemispheres of the Americas that holds the most opportunities for the United States over the next twenty years. We need to reorient how we look at the world. Canada, not China, is the leading trading partner of the U.S., while Canada and Mexico constitute the two primary countries for U.S. exports. Moreover, Latin America is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. as well as the nation's fastest growing trading partner. The importance of firming up the relationship with Latin America is being recognized in both the United States and Canada. As Vice President Joe Biden recently declared, "The defining question for U.S. policy is no longer 'what can we do for the Americas?' It is 'what can we do together?'" In 2007, Canada launched the "Strategy of Engagement in the Americas" as part of its effort to reaffirm the necessity of building bridges across the western hemisphere. This conference explores how the development of a successful partnership can become a priority and not just the sideshow it is today.
The conference is free and open to the public, except for the luncheon which must be pre-paid. Click here to register.
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