For obvious reasons, the discussion focused mainly on Syria, but I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss some other topics, such as what I feel is America’s most puzzling foreign-policy blindspot:
As far as regions go, I'm always a little shocked by how little attention is paid in the U.S. conversation to Latin American politics. Given the geographical and cultural proximity, the stark ideological divides, the economic transformations we've seen in some countries, and how great an impact U.S. policy has there—the drug war in Central America, for instance—it's always a little baffling to me that the region gets short shrift compared with the Middle East and Asia, at least in the post-Cold War period.
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