This event, set for Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is getting a lot of play in the Cuban press, including Granma:
Danger in the Andes: Threats to Democracy, Human Rights, and Inter-American Security
November 17, 2010 – US Capitol Visitors Center
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1st Panel 9:30 – 11:30 am
- Are democracy and human rights in danger under the “21st Century Socialism” of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia?
- Does the ALBA Alliance of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua constitute a threat to U.S. interests and inter American security?
- Is current U.S. policy toward the region equipped to respond to the erosion of democracy and the pernicious influence of such hostile actors as Iran, foreign and domestic terrorist groups, and narcotics traffickers?
- Four key U.S. Members of Congress and two panels of U.S. and Latin American experts will examine these and other salient issues. Partial list of panelists:
Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy
Dr. Alejandro Aguirre – President, Inter-American Press Association (Invited)
Marcial Fabricano – Bolivian indigenous leader
Dr. Edgar Teran – Former Ecuadorean Foreign Minister
Dr. Enrique Herreria – Ecuadorean congressman
Luis Nuñez – President, Civic Committee of Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Jesus Rodriguez – CEDICE, Venezuelan Economic Think Tank
Guillermo Zuloaga – President, (Exiled) Globovision Television, Venezuela
Javier El-Hage – The Human Rights Foundation
José Cárdenas – Former Acting Assistant Administrator for Latin America, USAID. Former U.S. National Security Council
2nd Panel 11:30 – 1:30 pm
Terrorism, Radical Islam and Narco-trafficking
Dr. Jaime Daremblum – Hudson Institute, Former Costa Rican Ambassador to the US
Joseph Humire – Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Jon Perdue – The Fund for American Studies
John Walters – Hudson Institute, former Director, White House Office of Drug Control Policy
Victor Hugo Velazco – Bolivian indigenous leader
Amb. Roger Noriega – Former Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. Former US Ambassador to the OAS
Joel Hirst – Council on Foreign Relations
Amb. Otto J. Reich – Former Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. Former Presidential Envoy for the Western Hemisphere
Speakers may be added.
In addition, the following Members of Congress are invited and have tentatively accepted based on legislative schedule availability:
The Hon. Eliot Engel (D-NY) – Chairman, HFAC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
The Hon. Connie Mack (R-FL) – Ranking Member, HFAC Sub Committee on Western Hemisphere.
The Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) – Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC).
The Hon. Ron Klein (D-FL) – Member, HFAC Sub Committee on Western Hemisphere
A light lunch will be served.
The event sponsor is listed as the Americas Forum. It describes itself as:
We are a group of concerned individuals who collectively possess decades of experience in inter-American relations and the Washington policy and political processes. We object to the notion of the Americas as the United States’ “backyard,” but see it instead as the neighborhood in which we live. At present, we see the peace and security of our neighborhood threatened by repressive, undemocratic forces espousing a radical populism. As such, we advocate for robust U.S. engagement with the Hemisphere on all fronts – political, economic, and security – because what happens in our neighborhood directly impacts United States’ interests and well-being. We support open political systems and economies as the surest means to create the prosperity all citizens of the Americas deserve. We oppose the divisive politics of radical populism, which are fundamentally destabilizing to the region and in the end only harm the marginalized sectors of societies for whom it purports to speak.