Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
It is a frequent perception in Washington and in the media
throughout the Hemisphere that the United States has once again
managed to lose its way in Latin America and has consistently
failed to demonstrate sufficient interests in developments to the
south. From Havana to Caracas, from Managua to Quito, new,
and not-so new, voices are raised on behalf of those proclaiming
either the harmfulness or the irrelevance of the U.S. to the region
and offering a variety of alternatives for Latin America's
persistent failings of inequality, poverty, and
underdevelopment. Assistant Secretary Shannon will present
his view of the Western Hemisphere from the perspective of the U.S.
State Department and discuss achievements of and challenges to U.S.
policy in the region.
Thomas A. Shannon was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State
for Western Hemisphere Affairs on October 7, 2005. A career
member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Shannon served as Special
Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western
Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003 to
2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was
Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was U.S.
Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American
States (OAS) from 2000 to 2001. He has also served on the
National Security Council and abroad in Venezuela, South Africa,
Brazil and Guatemala. Mr. Shannon holds a Doctorate and a
Master's degree in politics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in
Government and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of State,
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs,
U.S. Department of State