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“Tio” Sam in the Mirror: How Latin America Sees the U.S.

Ambassador Leslie Bassett

Latin America is an increasingly independent, assertive, and effective global player that has broadened its alliances, trade relationships, and allegiances. Recent research by the Pew Research Center shows that China is more popular than the U.S. in key Latin American nations like Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Understanding how Latin America sees the U.S. is key to our security and economic well-being. This lecture offers a thoughtful look at “Tio” Sam from the Latin American perspective.

Instructor: Ambassador (retired) Leslie Bassett dedicated 16 of her 35 years in the U.S. Department of State to Mexico and Latin America in both Washington policy positions and in U.S. embassies across the region. The lessons she learned and shared informed her most recent service as U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay until her retirement in January 2017. Across her career, Bassett coordinated effective programs that confronted HIV/AIDS in Botswana, opened new cooperation with Mexico against organized crime, initiated the much-acclaimed Plan Colombia to counter narcotics trafficking, and implemented the free-trade agreement with South Korea.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70046   Credit: 0 units


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