On Thursday, July 14, 2011, Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, held a conversation with Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on “Opportunities & Challenges in the Western Hemisphere.” The discussion was moderated by Olive Sampson, Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Bureau of Public Affair. Members of the general public were invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which were selected for response during the live broadcast. Transcript» Video» DipNote»
This is part of the Conversations With America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, featuring live interviews between the leaders of nongovernmental organizations and the Department of State’s leadership. These conversations provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues. From Afghanistan to India, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and internet freedom to world water issues, the Conversations with America series showcases how the U.S. Government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.