Webinar – Early Challenges Confronting the Biden Administration in Latin America

Thursday, March 25

Latin America has not received the same media attention for the new Biden Administra-tion as other parts of the world. Yet the President’s first bilateral e-meetings were with PM Trudeau of Canada and President Lopez Obrador of Mexico. From undocumented migration, drug trafficking and criminal gangs to pandemic spread, Venezuelan refu-gees, economic shortcomings, Russian/Chinese penetration and increasingly non dem-ocratic governments, the new Administration faces serious challenges and opportunities stretching from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego.

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When: Mar 25, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Presenter: Ambassador William (Bill) Brownfield has been affiliated with CSIS as a sen-ior adviser since 2018. Prior to that, Bill Brownfield enjoyed an illustrious career in public service, at the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Amb. Brownfield’s last seven years of his career were spent serving as the assistant secretary of state for the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. As assistant secretary, Amb. Brownfield ran a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors. Amb. Brownfield’s exper-tise in the Americas draws from his vast experience in serving as U.S. ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia. Through his ambassadorial posts, Amb. Brownfield was immersed in working with the Colombian government to build upon existing institu-tions and promoting U.S. interests economically via the establishment of the Chile-United States Free Trade Agreement. In Venezuela, he led an embassy in constant cri-sis with the most adversarial government of any country in the Hemisphere. Brownfield has UN experience in Geneva and Vienna. He was temporary political adviser to the U.S. Southern Command. He received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times each. He is a graduate of Cornell Uni-versity and the National War College and attended the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish and French.