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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…

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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…

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    Latin Lessons

    Hal Weitzman argues that a move away from Western-style globalization has put many South American countries on an upward economic trajectory, while the U.S. and Europe struggle. He was…

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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…

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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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    Forgotten Continent

    Michael Reid talked about his book, Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul. He spoke about the spread of capitalist democracies in Latin America and the challenge posed by…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Business Development in the Western Hemisphere

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    Development in the Western Hemisphere

    This forum focused on continuing to reinforce the economic practices of Democracy in other nations.

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    Trade Within the Americas

    Officials talked about trade agreements and expanding the free trade zone to the entire Western Hemisphere. Among the topics they addressed were labor concerns, inter-government…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Secretary Powell welcomed officials to a meeting between American nations and talked about U.S. priorities in the Western Hemisphere. Among the issues he addressed were drug trafficking,…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Secretary O’Neill spoke about the evolution of many Western Hemisphere economies, the impacts of free trade relationships, and future trade relations in the hemisphere. Following his…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Financial leaders spoke about trade within the Americas, the economic stability of the Western Hemisphere, and potential plans to extend free trade agreements throughout the hemisphere.…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Secretary Abraham spoke about energy issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Among the issues he addressed increasing energy supply, hemispheric cooperation, and improving the energy…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Senator Hagel spoke about relations amongst American nations. Among the topics he addressed were trade relations, immigration policy, and creating economic opportunity for all. Following…

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    A Century of the Americas

    Mr. Case and Mr. Botelho talked about communication and trade in the Western Hemisphere. Among the issues they addressed were the importance of electronic commerce and communication,…

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    A Century of the Americas

    President Bush spoke about trade within the Western Hemisphere, calling for expanded free trade zones and urged Congress to adopt legislation granting “fast track” authority to the…

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