After one year in the job, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went on his first major trip through the region between 1 and 7 February. This was a six- day whistle-stop tour that took him to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Jamaica. The trip illustrated some of the more puzzling aspects of Washington’s current ‘America First’ regional policies, particularly what seems to be an inability to build strong alliances with natural allies.

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