The United States and Latin America:Challenges and Opportunities

Event Date: October 10

Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

Ambassador John F. Maisto’s presentation on “The United States and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities” will explore current U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He will place special emphasis on U.S.- Venezuelan relations and U.S. diplomatic relations with several Central American nations.

Ambassador Maisto will also serve as the keynote speaker for the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies(MALAS) conference, which will be held at the University of Illinois Springfield the following days, October 11-12.

John F. Maisto, Ambassador (ret.) is a thirty-seven year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service. He was Ambassador to Nicaragua (1993-1996), Venezuela (1997- 2000), and the Organization of American States (2003-2006). He was Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council and, concurrently, Special Assistant to the President, 2001 to 2003. He was Foreign Policy Adviser at the U.S. Southern Command, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America, and he served in Argentina, Bolivia, CostaRica, Panama, and the Philippines.

Maisto writes and speaks on Western Hemisphere issues; U.S. foreign policy; Southeast Asia and the Philippines; trade, investment and growth; democratic transitions; international organization issues; security and defense matters; and international education.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he has a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from San Carlos University, Guatemala.