With each passing day the United States grows closer and more interconnected to the more than 300 million people with whom we share the Americas. Lacking a coherent strategic vision for our place in the Americas, we do so at our unnecessary peril. From our country’s rapidly expanding Hispanic population to the $45 billion in annual regional remittances to burgeoning transnational criminal organizations to two of our top three global trading partners to the popularity of shows like ABC’s Ugly Betty the convergence of the Americas is evident at nearly every turn.
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