CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

News and Highlights


March 20, 2012

A conversation on the changes of U.S. - Latin American relations since 9/11 was the main focus of the recent discussion titled "The Evolution of US Foreign Policy in Latin America." Featured speakers included experts on the region such as Ricardo Luna, former Ambassador of Peru to the United States and to the United Kingdom; UM Professor Ambler Moss, former US Ambassador to Panama; Professor Michael Lenaghan from Miami Dade College and Carlos Barrezueta, Executive Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College (CLACI).

The panel of experts on foreign policymaking discussed the rise of emerging powers such as China and Brazil. Ambassador Luna focused on Brazil's long history of successful diplomacy, positioning the country as a non-adversarial alternate to American influence that is increasingly being accepted as a major foreign policy player both in South America and globally. Ambassador Moss discussed how the end of the Cold War has normalized foreign relations in the region and allowed countries to focus on issues of practical importance. Finally, the panel addressed the prospects for U.S.-Latin American relations in the next decade in relation to the trade agenda, immigration and the war against illegal drug trafficking.

The event took place at MDC Wolfson Campus and it was organized through the collaborative efforts of UM's CLAS and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) and the Social Sciences Department at Miami Dade College.

From left to right: Michael Lenaghan, professor of Social Sciences at Miami Dade College; Carlos Barrezueta, Executive Director, CLACI; Ricardo Luna, Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Former Ambassador of Peru to the United States and former Ambassador of Peru to the United Kingdom; Ambler Moss, Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami and former US Ambassador to Panama.