Sean Goforth is author of Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran and the Threat to America.
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The selection of the Argentine was a smart political move.
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Rapid growth after 2001 has been built on shaky foundations.
The region is backsliding on its commitment to democracy. And only Brazil can save it.
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