Past Event


State of the Americas 2008


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Luis Alberto Moreno addresses attendees at the event.

The Merida Initiative, efforts to bridge economic and social inequality, burgeoning biofuel markets, hostages in Colombia–these are only a handful of issues that define the contours of the State of the Americas in 2008. How do these and other dynamics affect the United States and its relationship with and place in the Americas? Please join The Americas Project at the Center for American Progress for a lively discussion of the evolving interconnections that increasingly define relations in the Americas. The event will feature keynote speaker Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank, followed by comments from and audience Q&A with panelists Leonardo Martinez Diaz of The Brookings Institute, Adrean Rothkopf from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Shifter from the Inter-American Dialogue.

Keynote Speaker:
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank

Featured Panelists:
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Political Economy Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution
Adrean Scheid Rothkopf, Managing Director for North and Central America and the Caribbean, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Michael Shifter, Vice President for Policy and Director of the Andean program, Inter-American Dialogue

Moderated by:
Dan Restrepo, Director of The Americas Project, Center for American Progress.

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