It’s a week of firsts for U.S. President Barack Obama. When he set foot on Cuban soil, he became the first sitting United States President to do so in 88 years.

And his next stop Argentina where Obama will be the first to discuss bilateral relations there in nearly two decades.

It’s all part of a larger strategy to rebuild normal relations after long periods of estrangement with many Latin American countries, but so far, the thaw in relations with Cuba doesn’t seem to have yielded much in the way of improved ties with the region.

CCTV America’s Michael Voss reports.
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The Heat interviewed the following guests to discuss U.S.-Latin America relations:

  • James Grainger, news editor at the Buenos Aires Herald.
  • Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American program at the Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  • Cristina Escobar, Cuban journalist and commentator.
  • Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, a Mexican diplomat for more than 20 years who served as Ambassador to the United States from 2007-2013.