Well, well. This should be interesting.

[Camaradas, you can stop sending me the announcement for this event, rescheduled after its abrupt cancellation following the start of Cablegate (coincidence?). I've gotten it a dozen times now. No se preocupen, me he inscrito. You'll get my notes.]

From: Latin American Program
Date: January 19, 2011 2:08:58 PM EST
Subject: INVITATION: Obama Administration Relations with Central America

January 19, 2011
Dear Colleague:

The Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites you to a discussion of:
Obama Administration Relations with Central America:
A Conversation with Seven U.S. Ambassadors

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Fifth Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

  • The Honorable Vinai Thummalapally, U.S. Ambassador to Belize
  • The Honorable Anne Slaughter-Andrew, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
  • The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
  • The Honorable Stephen G. McFarland, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala
  • The Honorable Hugo Llorens, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras
  • The Honorable Robert Callahan, U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua
  • The Honorable Phyllis Powers, U.S. Ambassador to Panama

Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program

The ambassadors will discuss U.S. policy priorities in Central America, including issues of organized crime, democratic governance, and trade.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important event.
Please RSVP, acceptances only, by clicking here.

Cynthia J. Arnson
Latin American Program


Ask them how the US assassination of a Brazilian general...

...would impact US-Latin American relations

I don't know if you heard DemocracyNow today, but there was a segment with this exchange:

AMY GOODMAN: And the newest WikiLeaks documents showing the U.S. pressuring Brazil to also prevent Aristide from returning home?

KIM IVES: Exactly. They’ve been pressuring Brazil. And there’s another interesting WikiLeak that came out today, that the Brazilian general in 2006 who supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room—

AMY GOODMAN: Under MINUSTAH, the U.N. forces.

KIM IVES: Of the U.N. forces, MINUSTAH—was that he may in fact have been assassinated.

The cable was released by Aftenposten here. Obviously, this is speculation by Leonel Fernandez (who wondered if Guy Philippe might not be behind the death) but this should make for lively discussion. Gee, who in Haiti would have the technical capability to get through the protective cordon around a general and make an assassination look like a suicide? Who in Haiti runs Guy Philippe? Lots of great questions to ruminate on.