The way states think about politics must change to reflect and address the physical geographical transformations the world will undergo. For the reasons described below, Latin America has the potential to shape the geopolitical landscape in the 21st century.
Since climate change cannot be adequately addressed by any one country alone, there is no better time for the United States to articulate a clear policy agenda for the Western Hemisphere that promotes economic progress, environmental and energy sustainability, and collaboration on security issues.
Energy reform would positively affect Mexico's economy and upstream oil production capacity, strengthen U.S. energy security, and provide greater opportunities for energy development and trade in North America.
The United States should leverage business interests in Venezuela to open diplomatic engagement and repair U.S.-Venezuela relations.
Despite promising reforms, Mexican citizens are plagued by crime and are losing interest in democracy. The Mexican government must prioritize judicial reform if it hopes to curb crime and re-gain public trust.