Biden's challenges ahead of the Americas Summit

STORY: “I would say that this is not a good time for the Biden administration to host this summit because of so many things that are going on. So, we have domestic issues within the United States, economic issues, the problem of inflation, that people are more and more concerned,” said Gerardo Munck, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.

The summit is being convened in the United States for the first time since the first such gathering in Miami in 1994, as Biden seeks to reassert U.S. leadership and counter China's growing clout.

Meanwhile, The White House on Monday excluded Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas this week, prompting Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, to carry out a threat to skip the event because all countries in the Western Hemisphere were not invited.

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, Director, UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, says it’s doubtful that a major agreement will be reached during the Summit but see it as the beginning of a shift in priorities in the Americas.

“We have a system in the Americas that is not working, right. We need to have a permanent table, a permanent regional, regional table that address these issues,” added Rivera-Salgado.

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