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American Forum - Cuba after Castro

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James C. Cason
December 14, 2009
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)

James C. Cason
James C. Cason

JAMES C. CASON recently retired as U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, a position he held since 2005. Cason served much of his 38-year career with the Department of State in Latin America, including Bolivia, Cuba (as Chief of the U.S. Interests Section), El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He also held positions in Italy and Portugal, served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Jamaica and Honduras, and was Political Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Command and to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. Cason’s work has earned him six meritorious honor awards, a Superior Honor Award, the department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Presidential Rank Award.

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Latin America: In the last decade, we have witnessed a dramatic rise of leftist governments in Latin America. At the same time, there has also been a substantive decline in U.S. influence in the region, perhaps best exemplified by the failed launch of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). And long-standing issues such as drug control and immigration remain at the forefront of U.S.-Latin American policy concerns. For these reasons, in the fall of 2008, ten years after Chavez' landmark election in 1998, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia launched a special ongoing Forum series focused on Latin America.

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