Congressman Sam Farr hosts a monthly Congressional briefing series called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diverse array of perspectives to highlight emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. Prior panelists include Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Maura O’Neil, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID; and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.


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Upcoming Briefing:

U.S. Influence in Latin America

10:00-11:00 am
Wednesday, December 17th
Congressional Meeting Room North
Capitol Visitors Center
US influence in our own hemisphere is varied. While influence can be measured in a range of ways, a brief scan of indicators paints a mixed picture:  
  • The US accounts for 25% of foreign direct investment in Latin America, far and away the largest investor;
  • While on the decline, US assistance to Latin America remains higher than any other donor, averaging $1.6 billion in recent years;
  • The US was excluded from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a recently established bloc of 33 regional states; and
  • Enduring challenges around drug policy and immigration have hampered US collaboration with Latin American countries.
Without question, this is a thin slice of US influence in the hemisphere. Rising economic opportunity, increasing geopolitical autonomy, and migration trends are just a few of the other factors contributing to today’s dynamics.
Please join Congressman Farr at 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 17th to discuss current US-Latin American relations and projections for 2015.
Carl Meacham
Director, Americas Program
Center for Strategic & International Studies
Joy Olson
Executive Director
Washington Office on Latin America
Mark P. Sullivan
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service