Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suspended a trade deal with Bolivia last week for failure to rein in coca growing. Some 50,000 jobs could be lost.
The region is affected by global downturn, but more prepared this time thanks to greater foreign reserves and less external debt.
Consumers were the biggest engine of global growth. But indebtedness prevents that now.
Some economists see some rays of light amid the economic gloom.
Bush says reforms must improve, not fetter, the free market; Europeans hint at more robust intervention.
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Some see demise, but others cite enduring signs of US power.