Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Mexico to meet with its President Felipe Calderon and Honduras to meet with President Porfirio Lobo. He will also meet with other Central American leaders and discuss the upcoming Summit of the Americas, which is scheduled for April in Colombia.
Politic365 was able to speak with Cris Arcos, the former Ambassador to Honduras during President George H.W. Bush’s administration and an expert in security and foreign policy in the region, about Biden’s upcoming trip and what the Vice President may accomplish. This will be Biden’s second trip to the region since assuming office.
Some of the issues that are currently dominating the discourse on Latin America include regional security, drug trafficking, energy, migration and human rights. Arcos explains that since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has had a difficult time defining and pursuing a foreign policy agenda in Latin America.
Arcos also chimes in about the U.S. investment in Honduras in terms of its military and police apparatus. Last month, 360 people were killed in a prison fire in Honduras, which has prompted some to examine how the U.S. is invested in the military there in light of human rights complaints.
Listen to the full interview with Cris Arcos here: