U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Trends and FY2017 Appropriations [February 8, 2017] [open pdf - 896KB]
"Geographic proximity has forged strong linkages between the United States and the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, with U.S. interests encompassing economic, political, and security concerns. U.S. policymakers have emphasized different strategic interests in the region at different times, from combating Soviet influence during the Cold War to advancing democracy and open markets since the 1990s. During the Obama Administration, U.S. policy toward the region chiefly sought to strengthen democratic governance, defend human rights, improve citizen security, enhance social inclusion and economic prosperity, and foster clean energy development and resiliency to climate change. The United States has provided foreign assistance to the region to advance those priorities."
CRS Report for Congress, R44647
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html