A review of the best commentary on and around the world...Uruguay

The value of a US-Uruguay alliance - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica's visit to the White House on Monday gives President Barack Obama a valuable opportunity to improve relations with a leftist government in Latin America, writes the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cynthia J Arnson.

While US relations with other left-wing governments - such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil - have "crashed and burned", she writes, Uruguay appears willing to embrace close relations with the US while maintaining an independent foreign policy.

Countries like Uruguay and Chile have a "strong commitment to representative democracy", she says, and could be important partners in finding a political solution to the unrest in Venezuela.


Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson's article "A Lasting Friendship with Uruguay" was mentioned in BBC News Echo Chambers best world commentary for the day. The article outlines why the U.S.-Uruguay relationship is important and what each side can gain from President Mujica’s visit to Washington.

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