Claudia Gago Ostos
The upcoming general election in Brazil brings the risk of political violence and instability similar to the United States’ experience on Jan. 6, 2021. Claudia C. Gago Ostos writes that the Biden administration needs to consider how it would react to such circumstances in Brazil – and how it intends to reset U.S. relations with Brazil regardless of the election’s outcome.
If the 2022 Summit of the Americas fails, Washington runs the risk that an illiberal alliance could form within Latin America that could give China and Russia a pathway to enter into direct competition with the United States.
The conflict in Ukraine is giving some of Russia’s Latin American partners pause about their relationships with Moscow. Russia has built its influence in Latin America as leverage against the United States, but Washington could use doubts about Russia in light of the invasion to decrease the Kremlin’s ability to play in the Western Hemisphere.