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A View from the Hill on U.S.-Latin American Relations

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 18, 2019



Join Young Professionals of the Americas DC for an off-the-record discussion on the congressional approach to U.S.-Latin American relations with Eric Jacobstein, senior policy adviser to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and to Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), and Juan Carlos Monje, professional staff of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX).

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Eric Jacobstein is a senior policy advisor to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Democratic staff, managing the Western Hemisphere portfolio for Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY). He previously served as staff director of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control working for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Before that, Jacobstein worked for the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ). Jacobstein has an MA in Latin American studies from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and a BA in political science from Haverford College.

Juan Carlos Monje is professional staff of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, responsible for Western Hemisphere policy for Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX). He is also the lead Republican staff for the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade. Prior to Capitol Hill, Monje served as a program manager for the International Republican Institute’s Latin America and Caribbean Division and was a federal policy adviser in the Governor of Florida’s Washington office. Monje has a BA in international affairs and political science from Florida State University and is enrolled in the Graduate Fleet Seminar Program pursuing a Master's in defense and strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College.