The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. In the first of two anniversary interviews, we spoke with Panama’s former ambassador to the United States, Jaime Alemán, to discuss the latest efforts and strategies for overcoming corruption throughout the region. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Jaime Alemán is a founding partner of the law firm Alemán, Cordero, Galindo & Lee (Alcogal). He previously served as Ambassador of Panama to the United States from 2009-2011. In 1988, he was appointed Minister of Govern­ment and Justice in Panama after serving as Special Advisor to former Panamanian president Nicolas Ardito Barletta from 1984-1985. From 1982-1984, Alemán was an Associate at Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Alemán. Between 1978 and 1981, Alemán served as a Legal Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. from Duke University.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.