Statesmen's Forum: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

Our Opportunity with the Americas
  • Friday, Mar 18, 2011

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the U.S.-Latin America relationship one of this country’s most important long-term commitments in her speech at CSIS on March 18. President Obama’s trip to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador will lay the foundation for a new era of engagement with the region based on mutual respect, common interest, and shared values.

    Secretary Clinton
    argued that the “power of proximity” and Latin America’s recent economic and democratic development present opportunities to cooperate on economic and strategic issues and promote shared values of democracy and human rights.
     
    Clinton argued that the United States must engage Latin America to reach its goals of enhancing competitiveness, accelerating innovation, achieving energy security, and expanding exports. She said that signing the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements is essential to American competitiveness and job growth.

    The secretary also said that Latin American democratic transitions can serve as a model for countries in the Middle East like Tunisia and Egypt. Clinton urged further cooperation with Latin American leaders on regional and global security issues like drug trafficking, criminal violence, climate change, food security, global health, and promoting social inclusion.

    The CSIS Americas Program hosted a Statesmen’s Forum with

    The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
    U.S. Secretary of State

    On

    “Our Opportunity with the Americas”

    Introduction by

    The Honorable Thomas F. McLarty III
    Senior Adviser, CSIS;
    President and Co-founder, McLarty Associates

    The Statesmen’s Forum is made possible by the
    Lavrentiadis Group of Companies.

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Transcript

Location

B1 Conference Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

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