U.S. - Latin American Relations

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's U.S.-Latin American Relations (USLAR) Program closed as a stand-alone program at the end of 2004. Beginning in January 2005, the Foundation's continuing work in Mexico was housed within a new Global Development Program. Air quality and transportation projects in Brazil and Mexico moved to the Foundation's Environment Program.

The U.S.-Latin American Relations Program sought to strengthen U.S. and Latin American institutions – and foster cooperation among them – in order to address a specific set of common challenges facing the Americas.

The mission was built upon two central premises. First, continuing hemispheric economic and social integration is highly likely and desirable. Second, the shape that future integration takes is anything but preordained.

The program sought to help develop the institutional capacity, the human resources, and the informatio nthat will shape and improve hemispheric relations into the future.

The program conceived of U.S.-Latin American relations broadly: relations in the Americas are those among institutions and communities of interest as well as among nation-states. The program thus did not focus narrowly on diplomatic or "strategic" relations. Rather, it included within its focus environmental issues, political and institutional consolidation, and economic and social policy.