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Beatrice Rangel: On US-Engineered Soft Landings in Cuba and Venezuela

By Beatrice E. Rangel

As correction mode takes over the Chinese economy , Latin American nations shiver at the prospects of years of austerity. And most leaders see their manes or scant locks turn salt-and-pepperish overnight at the thought of running populist infused nations without cash to spare.

Meanwhile the US turns its sights to the region for the first time in many years.

Indeed it’s been almost two decades devoted to scouting hostile regions to trap or demobilize sworn enemies that would stop at nothing short of bringing the world's leading democracy to shambles. The resilient nation built among others by Jefferson and Adams is coming home from a journey defined by the defense of the homeland. The road has been fraught with misconceptions; weak strategic choices; shortsightness and perhaps naiveté. But it has had the merit of enhancing the value of the American neighborhood to the eyes of US leadership and their desires to strengthen its whereabouts. Quietly and diligently the elves of the north began to web a new backdrop for the Americas' 21st century.

For the US to successfully confront the new realities, infrastructure and manufacturing need a serious revamp. The first to improve productivity. The second to improve wellbeing through meaningful jobs for the US middle classes.

This exercise demands a climate of relative stability and nonviolence. But… there seems to be perpetual stormy inclinations in the Caribbean that need to be stifled. One such wrathy wind is located between Jamaica, Haiti and Yucatan, Mexico. Turning these winds into constructive energy can only be achieved through economic engagement. So Cuba was offered the path to development that warrants a soft landing by virtue of withering away current leadership through unleashing the full potential of trade exchanges and engagement.

But another challenge remains in the South American hinterland. The land of Bolivar is the sea of Pandora’s little demons. Illicits have their day, with weapon wearing matches recollecting Butch Cassidy’s days in the Far West.

Cassidy’s friends and acquaintances now rule by looting the state or benefiting from drug trafficking, and economic collapse is opening the doors to truly unfortunate relationships in places of the world where disputes are settled with beheadings.

A soft landing seems to be the only desirable way out of such conundrum.

And…. then there was the meeting in Haiti. And we are seeing the results in full display. Because a soft landing demands a violence, free transition. And this can only happen if the process is institutional. Elections, recall referendum, new leadership and eventually reconstruction.

To tackle these Herculean tasks, proven leaders need to come forward. On the power challenging front, two leaders have been freed: Daniel Ceballos and Raul Baduel. Curiously enough, both have proven that they can govern. Leadership for the incumbent side of the Venezuelan equation is in the makings.

All in all, the Obama Administration might very well turn into the rebuilder of a hemisphere that desperately needs to say farewell to populism and welcome development. Truly an unpredictable outcome three years ago!!

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.

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