Once considered the “Jewel of South America,” Argentina is now suffering from runaway inflation and declining regional influence. Argentina’s foreign policy has taken an increasingly anti-American direction. President Cristina Kirchner has taken cues from Hugo Chávez by attacking and intimidating private companies, adopting statist anti-market policies. Moreover, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman speaks in increasingly anti-American rhetoric. Argentina, in short, is in step with Venezuela.
Hudson Institute hosted an in-depth discussion of the internal and external situation in Argentina. What should the role of the U.S. be toward Argentina? How should a new U.S. Congress help foster democracy and economic growth, development, and good governance towards our neighbors in the Hemisphere?