Can the U.S. Pursue Consensus in Latin America and Still Support Democracy?

Can the U.S. Pursue Consensus in Latin America and Still Support Democracy?
A demonstrator holds up a Panamanian flag during a protest by the "Cumbre de los Pueblos" or "People's Summit," against U.S. policies in Latin America, Panama City, April 9, 2015 (AP photo by Arnulfo Franco).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss Central America’s “other” migrant crisis, the United States’ expanding military engagement across Africa, and reforming how the World Health Organization is financed. For the Report, Eric Farnsworth joins us to explore the limits of U.S. President Barack Obama’s pragmatic approach to Latin America.


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Relevant Articles on WPR:

As New Migrant Streams Look North, Central America’s Crisis Moves South

As U.S. Military Assistance in Africa Grows, How Can It Mitigate the Risks?
The Pitfalls of the Pentagon Taking the Lead on U.S. Security Assistance
The World Health Organization Needs the Funding to Do Its Job
Obama’s Pragmatism Worked in Latin America. Now It’s Time to Support Democracy

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional Audio Credits:

The White House: The President at the Summit of the Americas
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PBS NewsHour: Hillary Clinton Says She Doesn’t Support Trans-Pacific Partnership

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