Latin America

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description

With Europe and the United States still struggling with the aftermath of the “Great Recession,” Asia has become the principal engine for global economic growth. At the same time, broad sections of Latin American society are being transformed and emerging as major players on the global economic stage.  Connections are being forged between many of the Latin American countries, both with each other and Asia. Still, many of the inequalities, quarrels, political dysfunctions, and perverse ambitions of the past remain. If the global balance of power is in transition, so is Latin America itself in uncertain transition.

There are also large numbers of groups and states, such as the various landless movements and the Chavez and Morales regimes in Venezuela and Bolivia that are resisting this historical transformation. Motivated by diverse fears and ambitions, it remains to be seen whether or not these societies can change themselves into liberal democratic and free market economies. Their incorporation into the global economy as responsible partners is central to American foreign policy.

Failure to achieve these ends could lead to internal instability, increasing immigration pressures on the United States, breed terrorism, and provide opportunities for external influences from countries such as Russia, China, and Iran, with aspirations not necessarily compatible with U.S. interests.

In this special three-day Political-Economic Conflict Seminar, we will examine the remarkable economic growth and political transformations sweeping throughout Latin America and explore the diverse pressures, ambitions, and fears playing on America’s hemispheric neighbors. The impact on and implications of these trends for U.S. policy and strategy will be elucidated by regional experts, foreign policy specialists, and political and economic commentators. This seminar will highlight those key political, economic, and security issues that are of particular concern and analyze alternative American policy responses.


Seminar Topics

  • Key Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
  • Hemispheric Cooperation or Noncooperation: An American Interest in the Region
  • Latin America in Transition
  • Economic Prosperity and Global Trade: Conflicted Choices in Latin America
  • Hemispheric Security: Internal and External Threats
  • Cuba and the Caribbean: Post-Castro Prospects
  • The Curse of Natural Resources: Health, Welfare and the Implications of Poor Governance in Latin America
  • Iran and China in Latin America: Calculations of Greed and Influence
  • Mexico: Political-Military Developments, External Relations, and Narcotics
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Development, and Globalization in Latin America
  • The Obama Administration and Latin America: Hopes and Challenges
  • The Emerging Criminal-Terror Nexus in Latin America
  • The Politics and Idealogy of Latin America: Left or Right or Centrist?
  • Post-Chavez Venezuela and the Colombian Relationship
  • Border Security… and Insecurity
  • Latin America at the Intersect of U.S. Domestic and Foreign Policies
  • Why Latin America is Rearming
  • Brazil: Unrealized Potential and South American Engine

*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,250 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.


Additional Information

The Foreign Policy Seminars will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignments will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. The seminar meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 to 4:00 pm.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.



Exceptionally informative and thought-provoking seminar; absolutely outstanding guest speakers—much more than what I expected.

NGA Attendee • Latin America Seminar, 2012

Great insight to the many viewpoints from the Latin America perspective, especially the reports from the field experts who were all very passionate about their beliefs; glad to have been part of this seminar!

Air Force Attendee • Latin America Seminar, 2012

This program was outstanding and a great overview of the issues and status of Latin America. I’m very impressed by the caliber of the speakers—and most especially the facilitator

Air Force Attendee • Latin America Seminar, 2012