It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between the U.S. & Latin America
"It's complicated" is not just a way to describe a status on Facebook. It is also an excellent way to describe the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Deep historical, family, business and geographic ties unite the United States and the other countries of the Americas, but also divide the region. With experience beside President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden and other US political leaders, Dan Restrepo has seen the ups and downs of the American Relations firsthand. In this presentation, he shares his knowledge on the past, present and future of relations between the 35 countries that make up the Western Hemisphere and the implications for policy, trade and hemispheric security.
The United States of America: The Increasing Role of Latinos in the U.S.
From Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor and Senator Ted Cruz to Univision to the popular food brand Goya to Juanes, Shakira and Sofia Vergara, with each passing, Latinos in the United States today are most important - in politics, in the economy and culture. As the United States rapidly enters a majority-minority future, it is vital to understand the country’s fastest growing minority group - its diversity, values, aspirations, fears and challenges. As one of the most influential Latinos in the country, Dan Restrepo describes these dynamics and focuses on its implications in the presidential elections of 2016 and beyond, for businesses and those seeking to enter or even survive in the US market.
U.S. Immigration: Broken System; Broken Politics
With tens of thousands of children traveling thousands of treacherous miles alone to reach the United States only to be met with jeering crowds yelling at them to go home it has never been clearer the U.S. immigration system is profoundly broken. Yet the likelihood of immigration reform legislation seems further away than ever. In this presentation, Dan Restrepo unpacks the dynamics fueling immigration as well as the factors standing in the way of fixing the system both in the United States and in countries of origin, including some of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Strategic Trends in the Americas: Keys to Doing Business in Latin America & the Caribbean
Never before have the economic, political and security contexts been more dynamic across the Americas. Tens of millions move from poverty to middle class in Brazil; energy revolutions unfold in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil; Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru band together to form the most dynamic trade initiative in the world; eight Latin American and Caribbean countries are among the 10 most violent countries in the world; tens of thousands of unaccompanied children pour out of Central America looking for a better future in the United States; and Venezuela teeters on the edge of collapse despite having the largest oil reserves in the world. Speaker Dan Restrepo, after six years advising President Obama on Latin America and the Caribbean, offers his insights into what these trends and others mean for those doing business across the Americas.
United States & Mexico: From Distant Neighbors to Strategic Partners
More than 175 years since the United States absorbed half of Mexico and twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Mexico relationship is again undergoing seismic shifts fueled by immigration and demographics, energy revolutions on both sides of the border, and expanding joint manufacturing from automobiles and aerospace to smart phones and tablet computers. In this speech, Dan Restrepo, who visited Mexico 17 times as President Obama’s chief Latin American policy advisor, shares his unique insights into the rapid evolution of bilateral relations and what it means going forward on both sides of the Rio Grande.
Canada: America’s Forgotten Neighbor
Quick, name the United States’ largest trading partner; or its largest source of imported energy; or the country with the world’s wealthiest middle class. That’s right, it’s Canada, Canada and Canada. Despite its economic and strategic importance to the United States, Canada is often an afterthought in the United States. In this talk, Dan Restrepo, who advised President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden and others on U.S.-Canadian relations, delves into the vital, but oft overlooked, U.S.-Canada relationship, its future and what that future means for politicians and businesses on both sides of the world’s longest undefended border.