Serial No. 109-122: U.S. Diplomacy in Latin America: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on the International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, July 27, 2005 [open pdf - 216KB]
From the opening statement of Dan Burton: "Over the past several months, the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee has convened hearings on topics ranging from democratization, transparency and the rule of law, gangs and crime, and the rise and influence of China in Latin America, and oppression and human rights violations in Cuba. Since September 11, our public diplomacy efforts have been concentrated in educational and cultural exchanges, informational programs and broadcasting resources focused largely on the Middle East and the Muslim world. Some seasoned observers charge that the United States has neglected Latin America in the post-911 environment. Yet most of the non-religious, political, and economic factors that came to a head and inspired Jihadist terrorists against us are at play elsewhere in the developing world. This is common infrastructure used by terrorists, by drug traffickers, and by smugglers and these and other criminal syndicates thrive in areas of lawlessness and in border areas where security is weak. These are some of the growing challenges that we face in Latin America." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Roger Noriega, John Maisto, Stephen Johnson, Jerry Haar, Luis Lauredo, and Dan Burton.
Serial No. 109-122
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