In 2017 and 2018, with support from the Ford Foundation, Global Americans convened a High-Level Working Group on Inter-American Relations, comprising former policymakers, business leaders, and scholars, to discuss bipartisan and cross-regional ways that the current U.S. administration can build and improve upon the achievements of the past two decades of inter-American relations.
The group is co-chaired by:
- Carolina Barco, Colombia – Former Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States
- Enrique García, Bolivia – Former President of CAF: Development Bank of Latin America
- Marc Grossman, United States – Vice Chairmen of the Cohen Group, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
- Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico – Former Ambassador to the United States
Representing civil society, academia, and the policymaking and business communities in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, the working group has met in Washington, DC, Colombia and Mexico to produce a series of consensus documents on the topics of: economic integration and trade; the opportunities and challenges of extra hemispheric actors; combatting organized crime and narcotics trafficking; greater U.S.-Latin America collaboration on anti-corruption; and expanding and improving educational exchange.
On April 18, 2018, the working group published five papers:
May and June, 2018, Houston, Dallas, and more to be confirmed – Presentations to business communities and universities throughout the U.S.
September 29, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Working group launch
November 9, 2017, Bogotá – First discussion round
February, 2018, Mexico City – Second discussion round
March 19, 2018, Washington, D.C. – Final discussion round with co-chairs
April 18-20, 2018, Washington, D.C. – Release and presentation of papers, including a public event on Capitol Hill