FORUM: “Threats to the U.S. in the Western Hemisphere” February 15th, 2018 (8:30am)

February 15th, 2018 -- U.S. Congress - Washington, D.C. Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2200) (8:30am)


InterAmerican Institute for Democracy

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Rayburn House Office Building (Map)

ROOM 2200 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

U.S. Congress – Washington, D.C.  

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(Bilingual in English and Spanish with Simultaneous Translation)
8:30 a.m. – Registration – Continental Breakfast

Welcome – Beatrice E. Rangel

Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy 


9:05 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. 

U.S. Representative – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


Academic Perspective 

 Moderator – Joseph Humire

9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Douglas Farah

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. – Hugo Acha

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. David Spencer

9:50 a.m – 10:00 a.m. – Jorge Hernan Rubio

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Gonzalo Koncke

Organization of American States OAS



Political Perspective 

Moderator – Beatrice E. Rangel

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. – Cuba: Maria C. Werlau

10:25 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. – Venezuela: Diego E. Arria Salicetti

10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Nicaragua: Bosco Matamoros

10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. – Bolivia: Carlos Sánchez Berzaín


10:55 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis

U.S. Congressman Paul J. Cook 


11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – U.S. Senator Robert (Bob) Menendez


Beatrice E. Rangel: (Venezuela) Managing Director at AMLA Consulting Group, Former Chief of Staff Minister of the Presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez. She represented the President of Venezuela in the mediation efforts that succeeded in sealing the Central American peace process design in the Esquipulas and Arias peace Plans. Formerly Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies. Director at the Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID).

Beatrice Rangel – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: (U.S.A) U.S. Representative, Honorary Chairman Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives. Florida’s 27th Congressional District representative. Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

U S Representative – Ileana Ros Lehtinen – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Joseph M. Humire (U.S.A): Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS). He is a global security expert specializing on transnational threats in the Western Hemisphere. He regularly provides briefings on international terrorism, transnational organized crime, Islamism and Iran’s influence in the hemisphere to various entities within the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities.                              
Douglass Farah: (U.S.A) President of national security consulting firm, IBI Consultants, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations. He is an award-winning journalist and author of two critically acclaimed books.

Douglas Farah – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

Hugo A. Acha: (Bolivia) Professor of Security and Defense. Political Analyst. CTOC Researcher. International Fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society.

Hugo A. Acha – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

David Spencer: (U.S.A) Associate professor at William J. Perry, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Dr. David Spencer was on detail since August 2014 as the Colombia/South America desk officer at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Counternarcotics & Global Threats. Served from 2011-2012 as the Colombia Policy Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Western Hemisphere Affairs.

David Spencer – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

Jorge Hernan Rubio: (Panama) President of Inter-American Bar Association (IABA). Ex Diputado y Ex Primer Vice Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Panamá. Lawyer graduated from the Catholic University of Santa María la Antigua (USMA) and declared eligible to be a judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama in 1993.

Jorge Hernan Rubio – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

Gonzalo Koncke: (Uruguay) Chief of Staff of the Secretary General to the Organization of American States (OAS) – January 2016 to present. Special Representative/Permanent Observer of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States to the United Nations – January 2016 to present.

Gonzalo Koncke – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Academic Perspective

Ambassador Bosco Matamoros: (Nicaragua) Served in a number of diplomatic posts on behalf of Nicaragua. Was Minister and Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the Food and Agriculture Organization in the United Nations.

Bosco Matamoros – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Political Perspective

Maria C. Werlau: (Cuba) President of the Board & Cuba Archive Executive Director. Consultant in private practice, policy analyst, and author of wide-ranging writings on Cuban affairs. Formerly a Second Vice President of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Maria Werlau – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Political Perspective

Ambassador Diego Enrique Arria Salicetti: (Venezuela) Politician, diplomat, former Venezuelan Permanent Representative of to the United Nations (1991–1993), and President of the Security Council (March 1992). He was Governor of the Federal District of Caracas in the mid- 1970s. Director and Council Member at the Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID).

Diego E. Arria – THREATS TO THE U.S. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE – Panel Political Perspective

Carlos Sanchez Berzain: (Bolivia) Lawyer expert in Constitutional Law. Master in Political Science and Master in Sociology. Political Scientist. Founding member of the Bolivian Juridical Ateneo. Professor of Constitutional Law and Public International Law. He has been Minister of State of the Republic of Bolivia five times. Congressman and Opposition Leader. Director at the Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID).

Carlos Sanchez Berzain – Dictadura castrochavista en Bolivia, riesgo para las Américas

U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis: (U.S.A.) is an American politician, former Navy lawyer, and author serving as the U.S. Representativefor Florida’s 6th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he ran in Florida’s 2016 U.S. Senate election. DeSantis officially announced his candidacy for Governor on January 5, 2018, and is endorsed by President Donald Trump.


Congressman Paul Joseph Cook: (U.S.A.) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for California’s 8th congressional district since 2013. Previously, he served as a member of California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012 and on the Yucca Valley city council from 1998 until 2006. He is a Republican.


U.S. Senator Robert (Bob) Menendez: (U.S.A) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from New Jersey, since 2006. A member of the Democratic Party. 


Promoting Freedom and Democracy with the Sponsorship and Participation of:

*The InterAmerican Institute for Democracy (IID), a nonprofit organization created with the objective of promoting and supporting liberty, democracy, human rights, and institutionalism in the Americas. It is based in Miami, Florida.
*The Heritage Foundation (THF), Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense—promoting these principles is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. As the nation’s largest, most broadly-supported conservative research and educational institution—a think tank—The Heritage Foundation has been the bastion of the American conservative movement since our founding in 1973. It is based in Washington, D.C.
*Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC), is a nonprofit organization established in 1992 to promote a nonviolent transition to a free and democratic Cuba with zero tolerance for human rights violations. FHRC seeks to empower human rights defenders and activists who are working for change in Cuba through nonviolent means. Some of these individuals include prisoners of conscience and their families, independent journalists and bloggers, cultural activists, as well as members of independent unions and marginalized sectors. It is based in Miami, Florida.
*The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) was founded on May 16th, 1940 by a group of distinguished lawyers and jurists representing forty-four professional organizations and seventeen nations of the western hemisphere. It is a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and information for lawyers, the promotion of the Rule of Law and democracy in the Americas. It is based in Washington, D.C.
*Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), a global, next-generation, national security think tank pursuing a society of free, responsible, and vigilant individuals advancing peace and prosperity based on the shared values of limited government, free enterprise, and strong national security. It is based in Washington, D.C.
*Diario Las Américas (DLA), one of the most important Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, which provides news coverage about Florida, the United States, and the world. It is based in Miami, Florida.
*World Jurist Association (WJA), a non-governmental organization with special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, the WJA finds an alternative method to reach the international community. Working closely with governments, non-governmental organizations and international associations to show how nations can constructively use, not forgo, their sovereignty through international law. Supporting legal decision-makers from around the world work together as individuals, rather than representatives of a particular country, class or ideology. Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares President.

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