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'Year in Review: U.S. Policy Toward a Changing Western Hemisphere': Cynthia J. Arnson Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere

Cindy Arnson

Testimony of Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

'Year in Review: U.S. Policy Toward a Changing Western Hemisphere': Cynthia J. Arnson Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere

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Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, to discuss U.S. Policy towards the Western Hemisphere. 

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

To watch the webcast go here. Arnson's testimony is available for download below.

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “This year, we have seen many changes in the Western Hemisphere. Economic and security factors, migration, and deepening ties with non-hemispheric foreign actors, such as Iran, China, and Russia, have impacted many countries in our region. Elections this year in multiple countries have shifted governments and political power, the Organization of American States has a new Secretary-General committed to reforming and revitalizing the organization, Panama hosted the Seventh Summit of the Americas with the inclusion of Cuba for the first time, and the U.S. began its two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Yet even with all these changes, the Obama Administration continues to neglect or at the very least not display the leadership and vision to advance U.S. and regional interests in a manner that unifies the democratic and free nations of the region or that furthers regional harmony, security, and economic prosperity. This hearing will examine the Administration’s policies toward the region to determine their impact and assess the progress of countries in the region in furthering democracy and freedom, strengthening rule of law and judicial institutions, growing shared economic prosperity, and providing a safer and more secure region.”



The Honorable Roger Noriega
Visiting Fellow
American Enterprise Institute
(Former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State)

The Honorable Mary Beth Long
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Metis Solutions
(Former Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense)

Cynthia J. Arnson, Ph.D.
Latin American Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more