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Two Hundred Years is Enough! Moving Past the Monroe Doctrine Toward a New Era in US-Latin American Relations

Join us for a briefing in person, or virtually.
TOMORROW, Tuesday | December 12, 2023
10:00-11:00am EST
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2075

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Light breakfast and hot beverages will be served.
This widely-attended event complies with all appropriate regulations.


Juan González | Senior Fellow at Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois-Chicago and author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Gimena Sanchez | Director for the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America

Mark Weisbrot | Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Laura Carlsen | Director of Mira: Feminisms and Democracies, formerly the Americas Program

Moderated by: Fernanda Perrin | US Correspondent for Folha de S.Paulo

Introductory Remarks by: Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and Congressman Jesús G. “Chuy” García

This December marks the 200-year anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, a policy originally opposing European interference in Latin America which has served to justify far-reaching U.S. interventionism in the region, including military occupations, support for coup d’états and dictatorships and interference in national elections. Today an increasing number of US lawmakers are calling for a new approach to regional relations, one guided by principles of equal partnership, the defense of human rights and respect for self-determination. 

This panel will bring together experts to explore the Monroe Doctrine’s legacy and analyze the impact of past and current U.S. policies towards the region. The panelists will assess the effects of US economic statecraft, US security policy and US political involvement in the region, focusing on pertinent case studies and making recommendations for reforming existing policy. We will discuss why there is an urgent need for policymakers who are ready to tackle the challenges of climate, development and democracy collaboratively, while strongly rejecting militarism, the failed war on drugs and all forms of outside intervention, by the US or any other global power.

In collaboration with the Office of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez.