Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues and Actions in the 114th Congress [January 4, 2017] [open pdf - 1MB]
"U.S. policy toward [the Latin American and Caribbean region] under the Obama Administration focused on four priorities: promoting economic and social opportunity; ensuring citizen security; strengthening effective democratic institutions; and securing a clean energy future. [...] U.S. policy toward the region is conducted in the context of an increasingly independent Latin America, which has diversified its economic and diplomatic ties with countries outside the region. [...] Congress traditionally has played an active role in policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of both legislation and oversight. [...] As the 114th Congress neared its end in December 2016, Congress completed action on several measures with provisions related to the region. [...] This report, which will not be updated, provides an overview of U.S. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean during the 114th Congress in 2015 and 2016. It begins with an overview of the political and economic environment affecting U.S. relations and then examines the Obama Administration's policy toward the region. The report then examines congressional interests in the region and legislative action, looking at selected regional and country issues. An Appendix provides links to hearings on the region in the 114th Congress."
CRS Report for Congress, R43882
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html