A recent White House conference on "Advancing Social Justice in the Americas" may signal a shift of U.S. policy priorities in Latin America. Washington's limited attention to the region has typically focused on free trade, anti-narcotics trafficking, and security. Does President Bush now want to help Latin America tackle its long-neglected social agendas--the pervasive poverty, inequality, and race discrimination that deprives so many Latin Americans of economic opportunity and basic rights? In this CGD Note CGD president Nancy Birdsall and Peter Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, explore ways that the Bush administration can help to advance development goals in Latin America. Among their recommendations:
More broadly, the U.S. should add a robust social dimension to all its programs and policies in the region, including programs to improve education, fight crime and increase the poor's access to financial services.
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