Ambassador William R. Brownfield, United States Ambassador to Colombia outlines the current challenges facing Colombia and discusses the U.S.-Colombia relationship. Following his presentation, he answers questions from the audience.
Amb. William Brownfield
Ambassador William Brownfield, a career minister in the Senior Foreign Service, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia on August 21, 2007. Before arriving in Colombia, Ambassador Brownfield served as U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Chile. His first assignment after joining the Foreign Service in 1979 was in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Ambassador Brownfield's other overseas postings also include Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and assignments in Argentina and El Salvador. He was temporarily assigned as Political Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command in Panama 1989-90.In Washington, Ambassador Brownfield's assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Executive Assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and the National War College (1993); he also attended the University of Texas School of Law (1976-78). He speaks Spanish and French. He is a native of the State of Texas.
Peter DeShazo was named director of the CSIS Americas Program in September 2004. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.
During his career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador DeShazo served as deputy U.S. permanent representative to the Organization of American States. He also directed the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department, was area director for the Western Hemisphere at the U.S. Information Agency, and served at U.S. embassies and consulates in La Paz, Medellin, Santiago, Panama City, Caracas, and Tel Aviv.
DeShazo received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postgraduate study at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. He was a Fulbright scholar, Reynolds scholar, and Ford fellow and is the author of Urban Workers and Labor Unions in Chile, 1902–1927 (Wisconsin, 1983) and policy and academic articles. His op-eds and commentaries appear in leading U.S. and international media.
Barbara Propes is President of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C. For over thirteen years she served as Executive Director of the Alaska World Affairs Council and was a member of the World Affairs Councils of America's Board of Directors.