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U.S. Economic Engagement with Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela (2013–2014)

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.

In the post-World War II era, the United States foreign policy consisted of foreign aid and intervention on a global scale. Important goals of this policy were to promote American investments and ideologies, as well as to combat the spread of Communism.

Much of this foreign interference occurred in Latin America, where the US toppled governments with left-wing or anti-American agendas. The US government also attempted to increase its influence through economic aid and trade agreements such as NAFTA and FTAA. Many of these efforts have focused on aiding pro-democratic reforms and policies.

Some disapprove of the United States for their economic involvement in the region.

In a 2011 House of Representatives floor speech, Representative Ted Poe criticized current US distribution of foreign aid, claiming: "We give money to Venezuela. Why do we give money to Chavez and Venezuela? He hates the United States. He defies our president, makes fun of our nation. We don't need to give him any foreign aid. We give $20 million to Cuba. Why do we give money to Cuba? Americans can't even go to Cuba. It's off-limits. It's a communist country. But we're dumping money over there."

Many are divided on whether US involvement has been helpful and whether or not it should continue.

This collection will help develop arguments in respect to US foreign policy, as well as its history of interference in Latin America. These articles examine previous examples of US intervention, the current economies of many nations in Latin America, and how LatinAmericans view US involvement in their national affairs.

History of U.S. Involvement in Latin America
Trade Agreements
Economy in Latin America
Latin American Attitude Toward U.S.
    Resentment in Latin America
    Distrust of U.S. Leaders
Country-Specific Relations

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