US-Cuba Rapprochement Complicates LatAm Politics

December 18, 2014 5:30 PM

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The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.

While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across Latin America are applauding Cuba's decision to swap prisoners with the U.S. in return for easing a longstanding embargo, analysts say the news is bound to shift geopolitical relations across the region and leave Venezuela more isolated.

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