The Humanitarian and Political Crisis in Venezuela
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

The Humanitarian and Political Crisis in Venezuela

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Eric Farnsworth has led the Washington office of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society since 2003, during which time the stature and influence of the organization has grown significantly. He has played an important thought leadership and advocacy role across the broad range of issues affecting U.S. relations with the Western Hemisphere, including economic development, trade, and energy; Asia-Latin American relations and broader BRICS and global governance issues; security; and democracy. He is a widely sought-after conference speaker and media commentator, and has published articles and opinion pieces in numerous leading newspapers and policy journals.

Farnsworth began his career in Washington with the U.S. Department of State after obtaining an MPA in international relations from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. During his time in government he served in positions of increasing responsibility in the foreign policy and trade communities, from Western Hemisphere Affairs at State to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, culminating in a three and a half year appointment as the senior advisor to the White House special envoy for the Americas. In this capacity he played an important role in developing and implementing the Clinton administration’s policies toward the Western Hemisphere. He was awarded the Superior Honor Award three times.

In between his government and nonprofit experiences, Farnsworth was managing director of ManattJones Global Strategies, a Washington and Los Angeles-based advisory and strategic consulting group. While there, he worked successfully to advance client interests particularly in the agriculture, auto, and technology sectors. Before coming to Washington he also worked in the global public policy division of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and in the U.S. Senate with Sam Nunn (D-GA) and the U.S. House of Representatives with John Edward Porter (R-IL). He also worked briefly at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eric Farnsworth is a Truman Scholar, an alumnus of the Leadership America, Young Leaders of the (NATO) Alliance, and the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders programs, and has participated by invitation on programs with the Atlantic Council, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Carter Center, and the German Marshall Fund, among others. Previously he served as president of the Western Hemisphere Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and a board member of Princeton in Latin America (PiLA). In 2016 he was decorated by the king and ambassador of Spain for his work to promote bilateral and regional relations.

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Mexico and Central America: An Update on Migration, Transnational Crime, and Security Cooperation
Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Mexico and Central America: An Update on Migration, Transnational Crime, and Security Cooperation

Our national conference (April 25-26 in D.C.) will focus on "U.S. Interests in Latin America." Our dinner and discussion with Ana Rosa Quintana will serve to brief us on some of the issues we will discuss in April. 

Ana Rosa Quintana is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s efforts on U.S. policy toward Latin America. 

She has authored numerous policy studies included but not limited to Cuba, Venezuela, and Central America. In addition to writing policy papers, Quintana’s articles have appeared inReal Clear WorldThe National Interest, The Federalist,among others. Her work has been cited in media venues such asThe Washington Post, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journaland has been a commentator on media outlets like Fox News, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera. She has also testified before the U.S. Congress.

Quintana holds a Master of Arts degree in global security studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Florida International University. She also received certificates in National Security, Latin American and Caribbean studies. She was a scholar in the university’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies.

She’s fluent in Spanish and studied in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on a scholarship sponsored by the Department of Defense.

She is a current National Security Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy.

Prior to joining Heritage, she was a student trainee at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She also held internships at Virginia-based International Relief and Development, where she worked on rule of law issues in Latin America, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she worked on civilian-military cooperation.

Quintana was born and raised in Miami. She currently resides in Virginia.

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AIDS, Aid, Africa, and Alabama
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

AIDS, Aid, Africa, and Alabama

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What is the status of foreign aid in sub-Saharan Africa? What global health initiatives, like PEPFAR, have been effective? What doesn't work? And how is Alabama involved?

Dr. Craig Wilson, Professor Emeritus at UAB's School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, has over 30 years of experience developing global health programs. In his time as director of UAB's Sparkman Center for Global Health, Dr. Wilson conducted workforce development projects in Ethiopia and Zambia, and participated in numerous HIV-related capacity building programs across the continent.

Did you know that a UAB-created software solution has been used for digitizing all Grade 9-12 content in Ethiopia? Plans for dissemination into all 3,800 high schools in Ethiopia were finalized in December 2017 and an agreement for digitizing content for Grades 7 and 8 was signed in May. Countries across the continent have expressed interest in this Alabama-made technology.

Come learn about the current status of foreign aid and AIDS in Africa, as well as Alabama's connection to the continent. We look forward to seeing you.

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