The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is pleased to share its newest publication, “Waiting for Change". Documenting the complexities and disappointments of the Obama Administration’s relations with Latin America in its first year, the report focuses on U.S. military relationships with the region. It recognises that an underlying trend toward greater militarisation of U.S. foreign policy spans Democratic and Republican administrations alike. This week’s news from the White House announcing the deployment of an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border further confirms the report’s analysis. 

The report offers recommendations for a better path forward, calling for a renewed focus on diplomatic engagement, less emphasis on military-to-military ties, and greater transparency and consultation about U.S. military intentions with the region.

“Waiting for Change” is the most recent publication by Just the Facts, a joint project of the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, the Center for International Policy, and WOLA. It is the latest in a series of reports documenting trends in U.S. security assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean.

For a hard copy of the publication, please contact: Colin Smith, csmith@wola.org, (202) 797-2171.