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Latin American Leaders and Former Ambassadors Discuss Upcoming Summit of the Americas

WHAT:  Panel discussion on the 2009 Summit of the Americas

-  Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general, Organization of American States

-  Ambassador John Maisto, former U.S. ambassador (2003–2006), Organization of American States; former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela (1997–2000); former U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua (1993–1996)

-  Ambassador Anthony Quainton, diplomat in residence, American University; member of the United States Foreign Service from 1959 to 1997

WHEN:  6–8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7    

WHERE:  Rooms 3–5, Mary Graydon Center, American University
             4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA:  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Council on Latin America will host a panel discussion featuring Latin American leaders and former ambassadors on Thursday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at American University’s Mary Graydon Center. The panelists will discuss the 2009 Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, April 17–19, under the theme of “Securing Our Citizen’s Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security, and Environmental Sustainability.”

The Summit of the Americas brings together the 34 democratically elected leaders of the hemisphere and provides an opportunity for the heads of state and heads of governments to discuss solutions to political, economic, and social issues relevant to the region.

Panelists will look specifically at evolving intra-hemispheric relations, new economic development challenges, and new dialogues on democracy and social policies, human prosperity, and the environment.

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