Has Latin America Lost Its Way?

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Although free trade and democracy were supposed to bring prosperity and stability to Latin America, four presidents have been forced out of office in the past two years. With alarming instability in Argentina and Venezuela are the latest symptoms of a region drifting toward chaos, there's fear that democracy could be replaced by a return to the volatile days of alternating populist regimes and military dictatorships. Has Latin American has lost its way? What's the role of the Bush Administration and what are the consequences for the United States? We examine the political and economic climate in Latin America with journalists, policy analysts, the former Venezuelan trade minister, and a former US ambassador to the region.
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