U.S. Policy Toward Latin America, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, February 17, 2011 [open pdf - 295KB]
From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "Insufficient focus on the Western Hemisphere by governments of our country going back to both parties has not always been so. The Good Neighbor Policy during the FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] Presidency was an era during which we were fully engaged, and in March of this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Alliance for Progress announced by President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy did shine the spotlight on the region, and I want to quote directly from his vision. He said: 'We propose to complete the revolution of the Americas, to build a hemisphere where all men can hope for a suitable standard of living and all can live out their lives in dignity and in freedom.' We can certainly say now that the region has made very significant progress. Today most of the countries in Latin America are free and participate in representative democracies, with the exception of Cuba. Within the past 10 years there's also been much material progress. So from the long view of history, political and economic gains have indeed been made. Latin America therefore commands a new respect and needs to be treated with respect. That is why we seek a deeper partnership with Latin America than ever before. At the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago last year, the President proclaimed a policy of partnership with the Americas and next month he is embarking on a trip to strengthen that partnership. He will visit Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. Each of those countries have made proud political and economic achievements." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Feierstein, Marco Rubio, Richard H. Kaplan, Robert Menendez, Frank O. Mora, and Arturo Valenzuela.
S. Hrg. 112-55; Senate Hearing 112-55
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