Latin America Seminar

Geopolitics, Economics, and Security

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Program Description


The three-day Latin America Seminar will make a 360-degree examination across the broad spectrum of issues animating Latin America’s future. From domestic divisions to geopolitics, from economic development to social transformations, Latin America is experiencing profound changes that will reverberate across the Americas and the world.

Some parts of Central and South America are emerging as major players on the global economic stage, while others are resisting this historical transformation. Failure to reform assures the continuation of internal instability; increased immigration; the proliferation of global terrorism; and provides opportunities for influence from countries such as Russia, China, and Iran, whose aspirations are generally incompatible with U.S. national and international security interests.

A prestigious group of regional experts, foreign policy specialists, and political/economic commentators will explore the impact and implications of these trends for United States policy and strategy.  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.

The seminar topics listed below are intended to give participants an insight into the broad spectrum of issues that will likely be covered during this special three-day program. The faculty will also be prepared to discuss any other related subjects of interest during the seminar.

 

Suggested Seminar Topics


  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Where Are We Headed
  • The Emerging Superstars and the Basket Cases
  • Criminalized States in Latin America: A Tier-One Threat
  • Whither Brazil? Politics, Economics, and Society
  • The Geo-Strategy of Latin America
  • Whither Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Alliance?
  • The Future of Argentina
  • Latin America Democracy in Challenging Times
  • Continuity and Transformation in Latin America
  • Mega-Trends, the Global Economy, and Latin America
  • The Immigration Challenge and Border Security: A View from the Ground
  • One Front Line with China: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • The Venezuela File: Reflections form a Former Special Representative
  • Drawing Closer or Pulling Apart? The United States, Mexico, and Central America
  • The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Transnational Crime in Latin America
  • The Latin America Axis of Tyranny: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Their Fellow Travelers, and External Supporters
  • Crime, Corruption, and Economic Development
  • The Pandemic and Economic Challenges in Latin America

The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants at the time of the seminar.

 

Moderator


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.

 

Fee


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. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.

 

Registration


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 the office at 703-684-8807.

 

Additional Information

Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.

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

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

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