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Leaves Biden’s main advisor position for Latin America – DW – 02/14/2024

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Leaves Biden’s main advisor position for Latin America – DW – 02/14/2024

Juan González, the main advisor to President Joe Biden for Latin America, is set to leave his position in mid-March, as confirmed by a White House spokeswoman on Tuesday. The Colombian-born advisor has been a key figure in shaping US policy towards Venezuela, advocating for the lifting of sanctions in the hopes of prompting free and fair elections in the country.

González made history in 2022 by being part of the first official US delegation to visit Caracas in two decades, where they met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Additionally, he played a crucial role in negotiating the Bicentennial Understanding with Mexico, a new strategy aimed at enhancing security, reducing arms trafficking, and combatting drug trafficking.

Furthermore, González was instrumental in the launch of the Alliance for Economic Prosperity in the Americas (APEP) during the 2022 Summit of the Americas. With his close relationship with President Biden, having served as his Latin America director since the beginning of his presidency, González has been a key advisor on foreign policy. He also held a prominent role in shaping Latin America policy during Joe Biden’s time as Vice President under Barack Obama.

González’s departure will see Daniel Erikson, the ‘number 2’ in the Latin American portfolio at the US Department of Defense, step in to take over the role. This transition marks a significant change in the Biden administration’s approach to Latin America, as the new advisor steps into the crucial role of shaping US policy in the region.

For now, it remains to be seen how the new leadership will continue to navigate complex issues in Latin America, such as the crisis in Venezuela and the challenges posed by transnational crime. The departure of Juan González marks the end of an era in US-Latin America relations, and the start of a new chapter under Daniel Erikson’s guidance.

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