In our region we are now finding similar alliances in the pursuit of power. The president of Argentina has distanced himself from the democratic caucus pursuing the application of the Interamerican Democratic Charter to Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela to seal closer relations with Russia and Cuba. This rapprochement has so far been rather costly, as Mr Fernandez has registered in a hospital with Covid 19 three weeks after being jabbed with the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Many think that Mr Putin would feel more comfortable having Mrs Kirchner on the drivers wheel of Argentina. But this of course is plain speculation.
Meanwhile most countries of the region are resorting to quarantines to dissolve protests against their truly horrific handling of the worst health crisis since the Spanish Flu of 1908. And in their desperate search for vaccines they are strengthening links with Cuba which claims to be about to have a vaccine and Russia which is spreading the ineffective Sputnik throughout the world . From the viewpoint of Cuba and Russia and to a lesser extent China this situation presents clear opportunities to establish bridgeheads in those countries and limit the US room for geopolitical maneuver.
And as Covid 19 is tamed by science through massive vaccination campaigns in developed countries, Latin American nations face a crossroad decision. Will it take advantage of nearshoring to the US and once and for all jump into the development bandwagon or will the prefer to follow unstable alliances with countries that are a perpetual economic calamity such as Cuba and Russia. Unfortunately as election results seem to point of totalitarianism is on the rise in the region. This would appear to point to a choice by which Latin nations would rather see their citizens embrace the US development credo through migration than abandon their current alliances with Cuba and Russia.