Bill Clinton was the first President elected after the end of the Cold War. US power was at its zenith. The first Summit of the Americas in Miami (1994) with its commitment to democracy and development embodied optimism. Nevertheless, the less unequal part¬ner¬ship many had hoped for never quite materialized, as new topics (“War on Terror” under G. W. Bush; “Pivot to Asia” under B. Obama) replaced Latin America on Was¬hing¬ton’s agenda. A low point was probably reached with D. Trump, who not only used the fear of illegal migration and Latino gangs as an opportunity for negative campaigning. J. Bi¬den has only been president for 100 days, but at least the tone seems to have become less confrontational. However, the migration issue still seems to drive most U.S. interest in its Southern neighborhood.
Alexander Springer is a diplomat, who currently serves as Deputy Director of the Ameri¬cas Department at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was previously posted to the Austrian embassies in Brussels, Madrid, Brasilia, and Bogota. He taught international relations at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota (Colombia) and at the University of Vienna. He has lectured at several universities and at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.