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U.S. Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson on U.S. policy toward Latin America in President Obama’s second term.

Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Institute of the Americas


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson is the top State Department official responsible for policy toward the Hemisphere, shaping our relationships with the Americas on far-reaching issues of international importance.


We are very honored to host A/S Jacobson for a discussion on U.S. policy toward the region.    We invite you to join us March 18 at 6:30pm at the Institute of the Americas complex.


Roberta S. Jacobson was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs on March 30, 2012. Previously Ms. Jacobson was the Acting Assistant Secretary since July 18, 2011. She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs from December 2010 until July 2011, with responsibility for regional political and economic issues, management and personnel, and regional security issues.

In addition to her role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, she was the senior coordinator for the Citizen Security initiatives in the Western Hemisphere. From June 2007 until that date, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Mexico and NAFTA issues in the Bureau. She served as Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs from December 2002.

From 2000-2002, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, and between 1996 and 2000, Ms. Jacobson was director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, covering issues such as civil-military relations, human rights, foreign assistance, and counter narcotics throughout the hemisphere.

Ms. Jacobson has also served as Coordinator for Cuban Affairs within the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary (1993-94), special assistant to the Assistant Secretary (1989-1992), and at the National Security Council (1988).  

Biography courtesy of U.S. State Department. 

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