Latin Americans still like and admire President Obama, yet they no longer expect much from him. He mostly ignored the region in his first term, and never mentioned it during his re-election campaign. Sure, immigration reform is on his agenda, but only because both Republicans and Democrats are now intimidated by Latino political clout. It may be that Latin America requires only sporadic attention – like when an earthquake devastates Haiti, or a political crisis undoes Honduras or Paraguay, or an economy collapses somewhere.

But at least two of the region’s 33 countries demand a more strategic approach.

Together, Mexico and Brazil produce nearly 65 per cent of Latin America’s output, and some experts predict they will emerge as the world’s fourth and fifth largest economies within a generation or so (trailing only the US, China, and India).

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