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When President Bush came into office six years ago, he vowed the Southern Hemisphere would be his top foreign policy priority. But that was before September 11 and the war in Iraq. Now he wants to woo back Latin America. Can the President overcome his widespread unpopularity in the region? Can he offset the growing influence of regional leftists like Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez?  Marc Cooper guest hosts.

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Main Topic President Bush's Fence-Mending Trip to Latin America

President Bush is visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico this week, carrying with him a complicated economic and trade agenda. But after keeping Latin American issues on the back burner for six years can he effectively compete with rising radical leaders like Hugo Chávez?  September 11 and then the war in Iraq got in the way of Bush’s promise to focus US foreign policy on Latin America. Now, he faces a series of what promises to be some massive and noisy protests in a part of the globe where he’s deeply unpopular. Guest host Marc Cooper speaks with journalists and experts in energy, foreign policy and national security.  (This program was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
Patrick McDonnell, Los Angeles Times (@mcdneville)
Michael Shifter, VP for Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue
Adam Isacson, Director of the Latin America Security Program at the Center for International Policy

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