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Latin America and the Caribbean: Issues for the 109th Congress.

Author: Mark P SullivanJ F HornbeckClare RibandoLenore SekK L StorrsAll authors
Publisher: Ft. Belvoir Defense Technical Information Center 26 MAY 2005.
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The Latin America and Caribbean region has made enormous strides over the past two decades in terms of political and economic development. While the region overall experienced an economic setback in 2002-2003, by the end of 2004, it had rebounded with an estimated growth rate of 5.5% for the year, surpassing even the most optimistic predictions. Nevertheless, several nations face considerable challenges that could  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Mark P Sullivan; J F Hornbeck; Clare Ribando; Lenore Sek; K L Storrs; Maureen Taft-Morales; Connie Veillette; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE.
OCLC Number: 227917214
Description: 41 pages

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The Latin America and Caribbean region has made enormous strides over the past two decades in terms of political and economic development. While the region overall experienced an economic setback in 2002-2003, by the end of 2004, it had rebounded with an estimated growth rate of 5.5% for the year, surpassing even the most optimistic predictions. Nevertheless, several nations face considerable challenges that could threaten political stability, including persistent poverty, violent guerrilla conflicts, autocratic leaders, drug trafficking, and increasing crime. Legislative and oversight attention to Latin America and the Caribbean in the 109th Congress will likely focus on continued counter-narcotics efforts; potential consideration of several free trade agreements; threats to democracy; efforts to foster political change in Cuba; and cooperation on border security, migration and antiterrorism measures. Since 2000, the Andean Counterdrug Initiative (ACI) has been the primary U.S. program supporting the Colombian government's efforts to combat drug trafficking and terrorist activity perpetrated by guerrilla and paramilitary groups. The 109th Congress will likely review ACI progress in response to the Administration s request to continue such assistance in FY2006. In the trade arena, Congress could potentially consider legislation to implement the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) completed in 2004, as well as two additional free trade agreements currently being negotiated with Panama and with Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Congressional consideration of the DR-CAFTA could prove controversial because of opposition from labor advocates and some industry groups.

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