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  • Conference on the Americas Kevin McAleenan
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    Conference on the Americas, Kevin McAleenan

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who also serves as the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, spoke at the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas'…

  • Chinese Investment in the Americas
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    Chinese Investment in the Americas

    The Council of the Americas held a discussion on China’s increasing engagement in Latin American countries. Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Affairs…

  • Central American Security and Migration CBP Commissioner
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    Central American Security and Migration, CBP Commissioner

    Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was the featured speaker at a discussion on development, security and migration in Central American nations. He focused on his…

  • Promoting Democracy in Latin America
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    Promoting Democracy in Latin America

    Mark Green, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator, talked about promoting democracy and peace in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia. He…

  • Panelists Discuss Current Elections and Politics in Venezuela
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    Political Situation in Venezuela

    The Council of the Americas hosted a discussion on the political situation in Venezuela following the recent elections. Panelists included the Canadian ambassador to the Organization of…

  • UN Ambassador Haley Calls for Venezuelan President Maduro to Step Down
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    Ambassador Haley Remarks to Council of the Americas

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke at the 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, during which she stressed U.S. commitment to the Western Hemisphere and called on Venezuelan…

  • Venezuelan Activists Discuss Political Turmoil
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    Venezuelan Political Turmoil

    The Council on the Americas hosted two Venezuelan democracy activists -- one, a human rights lawyer, and one a leader of an opposition party -- to discuss the eroding political situation in…

  • Senator Ivan Duque Mrquez Discusses the Colombian Peace Process
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    Colombian Peace Process

    The Colombian peace process was discussed by a member of the country’s Democratic Centre Party, Senator Ivan Duque Marquez, who outlined many of the issues that need to be resolved. In…

  • emLatino Americansem
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    Latino Americans

    Ray Suarez talked about his book, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation, in which he discusses the history of Latinos in America going back 500 years. The book is a…

  • Venezuelas Political Future
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    Venezuela's Political Future

    Panelists talked about Venezuela’s political future. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been ill since undergoing a cancer-related surgery in December 2012. The Venezuelan National Assembly approved a his…

  • Chinas Influence in Latin America
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    China's Influence in Latin America

    Scholars and development bankers talked about the foreign policy implications for the U.S. of China’s growing influence in Latin America. Topics included the China Development Bank, a…

  • DrugRelated Violence in Central America
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    Drug-Related Violence in Central America

    William Brownfield spoke about security challenges and drug-related violence in Central America. He said that more than 95 percent of all illicit drugs that enter North America from South…

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    Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants

    Former Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Castaneda talked about his book Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants, published by New Press. He talked about U.S. and Mexican immigration…

  • Future of Cuba
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    Future of Cuba

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez talked about the future of Cuba and U.S. policy toward Cuba after Fidel Castro. He responded to audience members' questions. After Secretary Gutierrez’s…

  • Conference on the Americas
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    Conference on the Americas

    Assistant Secretary Shannon, President Vazquez, Secretary Rice and others addressed the 36th annual conference of the Council of the Americas on topics of creating jobs and building hope…

  • The Politics of Trade Policy
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    The Politics of Trade Policy

    White House chiefs of staff talked about global trade and economic policy. Among the topics they addressed were the impact of trade policies on the U.S. economy, efforts to establish free…