Conference Aims To Roadmap Next President’s Latin American Foreign Policy

September 01, 2016

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On September 19, experts in Latin American policy will convene at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University to develop a road map for the next US president’s foreign policy for the region. The day-long event will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Bush School campus. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Entitled “Opportunities for US-Latin American Cooperation, 2016-2020,” the meeting will be a wide-ranging, nonpartisan dialogue among highly experienced policy practitioners in US-Latin American relations, culminating in a series of policy proposals relevant to the important US relationships with Latin America.

Bush School Dean Mark Welsh will give opening remarks. Other speakers will include experts from business, government, academia, and the media with a range of expertise on economic policy and trade, energy, security, Latin American political developments, and regional relations. 

Among the speakers will be Patrice Franko, professor of economics at Colby College and a specialist in development economics in Latin America; Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs and former ambassador to the Organization of American States; Pia Orrenius, vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Ana Maria Salazar Slack, director of Grupo Salazar and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for drug enforcement policy; and Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Bush School’s Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy and Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs.

Dr. Lori Taylor, director of the Mosbacher Institute, noted that this meeting is unique in that the end results will be definitive proposals to be offered to the next president.

“The Institute recognizes that we live in a new world of global markets and increasingly diffuse political and economic power. Our relationships with the nations in our hemisphere are crucial to how we address global changes in the economy and our international security concerns. The results of this meeting may well help future leaders chart a new way forward in our relationships with Latin America,” she said.

Registration deadline for the conference is September 14, 2016.

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