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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump may weaken OAS — and efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela

But, beyond its contradictions, the OAS under Almagro has become a much needed player in regional affairs. It is championing the cause of democracy and human rights in Venezuela and several other countries. We all know that Trump doesn't care much about Latin America — his State Department has not yet appointed an official in charge of regional affairs, and most of Trump's statements about the region have been limited to lashing out against Mexico and Mexicans — but defunding the OAS would be a big mistake. Instead of cutting its funds, Trump should increase them, and bolster diplomatic efforts to defend democracy in the region. More…


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