Political change in several states in Latin America in the last two years created an opportunity for a new United States administration to reset its engagement with its regional counterparts. However, the campaign pledges made by Donald Trump on matters of trade and security, as well as the new president’s early decisions, put this possibility at risk. This applies in particular to relations with Mexico, which since the 1990s has been a principal US trade partner through NAFTA and, less visible to the public, a partner in the intelligence, security and defence spheres.
Dr Craig Deare, who was a member of the Trump Administration’s National Security Council, outlined the opportunities for hemispheric re-engagement and discussed the prospects for US–Mexican relations and ties between the US and the rest of Latin America.
Dr Craig Deare has served as Senior Country Director for Mexico in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense. He has been a member of the faculty of the National Defense University since 2001, and recently served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. He is the author of A Tale of Two Eagles: The U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Defense Relationship Post Cold War (Roman & Littlefield).
This event was chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial, IISS. It took place at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, London, WC2 3DX.