4 May 2010


Victor Bulmer-Thomas

Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE

Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House


This chapter, taken from the book America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, explores how the negative perception of the Bush administration in Latin America might seem to have provided President Barack Obama with an opportunity to improve relations. However, the situation is not so simple. Latin American leaders are looking for more than a change of rhetoric, and, when it comes to substance, there are serious obstacles.

There are many policies open to the Obama administration that will have an impact on Latin America. Yet it may not be easy for the Obama administration to deliver.