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Stability and prosperity in the Americas are indispensable to US economic success, US energy independence, and US security. However, illegal narcotics trafficking, transnational organized crime, and radical populism threaten the future of the Americas. President Obama’s current policy is inadequate for tapping these opportunities or meeting these serious challenges, especially as Iran continues to expand its footprint in the Americas and Hezbollah collaborates with narcotraffickers in the Americas region. 

At this event, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), new chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will propose a vigorous strategy toward the Americas. A panel discussion featuring experienced regional diplomats will follow.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


10:45 AM

11:00 AM
Keynote Address:
Matt Salmon (R-AZ), US House of Representatives

Roger F. Noriega, AEI

12:00 PM
Jorge Ramón Hernandez Alcerro, Honduran Ambassador to the United States
Rubén Zamora, Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States

1:00 PM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Alex Della Rocchetta at [email protected], 202.862.7152.

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Speaker Biographies

Jorge Ramón Hernandez Alcerro became ambassador of Honduras to the United States in 2010, having previously served in this role from 1988 to 1992. He has 35 years of experience in academics and public service. His previous positions include judge at the Central American Court of Justice in Managua, Nicaragua (2007–10); Honduran secretary of justice and the interior (2002–05); and congressman elected to the National Constituent Assembly ( which was tasked with writing the Honduran Constitution) in 1980 and to the National Congress in 1982, 2001, and 2005. He has also worked in both the private and public banking sectors, including as executive director of the Honduran Business Council for Sustainable Development (1998–99); executive vice president and executive president of the Honduran private bank Banco del País (1996–98); executive director for Central America, Belize, and Haiti at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC (1993–96); and vice president of the Central Bank of Honduras (1992–93).

Roger F. Noriega is a visiting fellow at AEI and the founder and managing director of Visión Américas LLC, which advises US and foreign clients on international business issues. He served as the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs (Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean) from July 2003 to October 2005 and as the US ambassador to the Organization of American States from August 2001 to July 2003. Noriega is currently vice chairman of the board of directors of the Congressional Award Foundation and a member of the advisory boards of the Canadian American Border Trade Partnership and The Americano, an online forum for Latino voters.

Matt Salmon was elected to the United States Congress on November 6, 2012, to represent the people of Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. Rep. Salmon was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.  He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In 1990, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he was assistant majority leader and chairman of the Rules Committee. Salmon was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1994 and served three terms. 

Rubén Zamora is the ambassador of El Salvador to the United States. Zamora helped found the Frente Democrático Revolucionario in April 1980 and the Convergencia Democrática, a center-left electoral coalition. In the first presidential election following the Salvadoran civil war in 1994, Zamora was the presidential candidate for the leftist coalition; he finished in second place with 25 percent of the vote. During the 1990s, he served as vice president of the National Assembly and as a member of the National Peace Commission, and he founded and led the Centro Democrático Unido party. Zamora has taught political science at the University of El Salvador and Universidad Centroamérica in El Salvador, Universidad San Carlos and Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, Essex University, and Stanford University.

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