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United States Engagement in the Americas

Date: Monday, October 30
Time: 4:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Welcome Coffee, 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex (Deutz Conference Room)
Contact: Rita Oliveira

Presentation and discussion on critical issues in the Americas featuring:
Francisco Palmieri Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Francisco Palmieri

The Americas continue to be at a threshold of driving forward sustainable economic growth and prosperity against a backdrop of rapidly evolving approaches to trade and investment through trade liberalization and the emergence of new global, often ‘non-traditional’ investment partners.

Meanwhile, consolidating democracy, combating inequality, corruption and security challenges remain key areas for hemispheric collaboration and collective action. Indeed, these topics will also be central themes at the next Summit of the Americas being held in Lima, Peru in April 2018.

The policy choices which countries face demand attention and support from partners – public and private – from across the Americas.  U.S. engagement in the region continues to be key.

To better understand U.S. priorities and strategies and how these may be managed over the coming months and years, please join us on Monday, October 30 for a unique opportunity to hear from Francisco ‘Paco’ Palmieri, the U.S. Department of State’s Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA).

Prior to his appointment as Acting Assistant Secretary, Palmieri served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for WHA from January 2016 to January 2017 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean from January 2014 to January 2016. He also served as the Director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination. As a career foreign service officer, his foreign postings include the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Spain, and Honduras.

Mr. Palmieri earned an M.S. in International Strategic Studies from the National War College. He received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and attended the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs prior to joining the Foreign Service.

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