Summit showed region’s ‘ideological fatigue’

April 11, 2015 12:00 PM

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P The handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban ruler Gen. Raúl Castro was not the only symptom of changing political winds at the 35-country Summit of the Americas: Much of the region showed signs of ideological fatigue and a new yearning for pragmatism.

Sure, there were the customary speeches by Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador and other authoritarian countries blaming U.S. “imperialism” for their domestic economic troubles, but most of what happened at the summit showed a clear loss of Venezuela’s clout in the region, and a desire by most countries not to...

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