Latin America

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description

The three-day Latin America Seminar will examine the remarkable growth and political transformations —both good and bad—sweeping throughout Latin America. This Political-Economic Conflict Seminar will explore the diverse pressures, ambitions, and fears playing on our hemispheric neighbors. The impact and implications of these trends for United States policy and strategy will be discussed by a prestigious group of regional experts, foreign policy specialists, and political/economic commentators. This seminar will provide an opportunity to explore external influences from countries such as Russia, China, and Iran, whose aspirations are not necessarily compatible with U.S. national and international security interests. This special foreign policy program will also highlight key political, economic, and security issues that are of particular concern to those senior managers and executives in attendance from the Department of Defense.


Seminar Topics

  • Central and South America in Transition: Shifting Coalitions and an Uncertain Future
  • Political Economy of Extremes in the Southern Cone of the Americas
  • Not So Distant Neighbors: Mexico and Central America
  • The Emerging Criminal-Terror Nexus in Central America
  • Transnational Organized Crime—Central America and Mexico
  • New Directions in United States-Central and South American Relations
  • Perceptions and Misconceptions in United States-Mexico Relations
  • Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean
  • American Interests in Central and South America
  • Key Challenges for United States Foreign Policy in Latin America
  • Hemispheric Security: Internal and External Threats
  • Iran and China in Latin America: Calculations of Greed and Influence
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Development, and Globalization in Latin America
  • The Politics and Ideology of Latin America: Left or Right or Centrist?
  • The Post-Chavez Meltdown in Venezuela
  • Border Security and Insecurity: An Update

*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.



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

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

NGA 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