Pan American Association of Philadelphia Conference -- The United States and Latin America: Policy Continuity or Change?

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:30am - 4:00pm
The Union League of Philadelphia 140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

Relations between the United States and Latin America are being reshaped by the rapid economic growth of a number of Latin American countries, the emerging power of Brazil and other nations, and the role of China. Moreover, as the economies of the United States and Europe face tough headwinds, the Latin American experience provides wisdom for statesmen seeking solutions. Latin America is a key player in the future international energy equation. Yet a number of Latin American countries face an array of menacing challenges to public security and democracy. This conference will be a dialogue on the future policy of the United States towards Latin America and the policy perspectives of Latin American countries towards the United States.

The Pan American Association is proud to bring together a distinguished set of speakers from academia, diplomacy, and the military, from both the United States and Latin America to discuss this important question.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM -- Registration and Cocktail Reception

12:15pm - 1:45 PM -- Luncheon

  • Keynote Speaker: General Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, Commander of the United States Southern Command speaks on "US Defense Strategy for Latin America”

2:00 PM - 3:50 PM -- Panel

  • Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, “US Policy for Latin America: Rethinking the Relationship”
  • Dr. Chris Sabatini, Council of the Americas, “US Policy for Latin America: Recommendations for the Next Administration”
  • Dr. Jorge Heine, “The Challenge of Democratic Governance in Latin America”
  • Ambassador and Former Personal Lawyer of President Chavez, Virginia Contreras, “The Future of Democracy in Venezuela”
  • Moderator, Dr. Gabriel Marcella, US Army War College

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM -- Closing Comments

Event Type: 
Community Development
Business and Commerce
International Relations
Global Region: 
Central America/Carribean
Global Region: 
South America