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Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Arturo Valenzuela is the new Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is a scholar who has spent almost four decades researching and teaching about Latin American politics at Duke and Georgetown universities. For the last twenty-two years he have directed Georgetown’s Center for Latin American Studies, now located in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a National Resource Center supported by a Title VI grant from the Office of Education. In addition to Valenzuela´s academic endeavors he have worked closely over the years with democratic forces in various countries to assist in overcoming authoritarian rule and strengthening democratic governance, mainly through institutions like the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, an organization on whose Board of Directors heI have served on two separate occasions. He served in other non-profit organizations such as Freedom House and America’s Watch. He play important roles in promoting human rights in the Hemisphere. As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of la Raza he has contributed with the so called Latino community in the US Finally, he served in the US government previously as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs in the first Clinton Administration where he was responsible for the bi-lateral relationship between the United States and Mexico as well as issues such as democracy, human rights, and sustainable development. In president Clinton’s second term Valenzuela served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council.
The Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs is the head of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs within the Department of State of the United States federal government. The Assistant Secretary of State guides operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of the Western Hemisphere and advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

Made before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. the following comments and statements reflects Mr. Arturo Valenzuela personal thoughts on interamerican issues: