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COA’s Washington Conference on the Americas virtual series brings together presidents, cabinet-level officials, and senior leaders from the public and private sectors.

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Washington Conference on the Americas


2021 Washington Conference on the Americas Virtual Series

On May 4, 2021, Council of the Americas will host the 51st Washington Conference on the Americas, our second virtually, entitled, “Democratic, Prosperous, Secure: Restoring a Partnership for Sustainable Growth.”

This will be our second virtual Washington Conference on the Americas. Last year, the conference attracted over 420,000 live views from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. With the hemisphere facing ongoing challenges, it is now more important than ever to have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders on the critical issues facing our shared region and ways to promote broad-based economic, democratic, and social recovery.

The 2021 Washington Conference on the Americas will feature keynote addresses and interviews with senior leaders, interspersed with high-level panel discussions.

We also intend to host a second portion of the conference as a live, in-person keynote luncheon on December 14, 2021, at the U.S. Department of State, pending prevailing public health conditions and local guidelines. As our partner for this endeavor remains the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the level and quality of speakers that attendees have come to expect remain the same as they have for each previous Washington Conference on the Americas over the past half-century.

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2020 Speakers

Confirmed speakers for the 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas virtual series include:

  • Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic
  • Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
  • Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator (D-MD)
  • David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group
  • Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Larry Kudlow, Director, U.S. National Economic Council
  • Jesús Seade, Undersecretary of North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Jan Van Acker, President, Latin America and Emerging Markets Human Health, Merck
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
  • Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
  • Frida Ghitis, World Affairs Commentator and Columnist, CNN Opinion, The Washington Post, World Politics Review
  • Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Program Summaries