From the Northern Triangle to the U.S. Border
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and Mainers for Accountable Leadership as we host a panel discussion on the recent increase in migration from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) to the United States. We will discuss the myriad factors contributing to migration, including limited economic opportunity and violence, as well as the role US foreign policy has played in the region over the past 50+ years. Featured panelists: Former US Ambassador to Honduras (2014-17), James Nealon; Bates College Professor, Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz; American University Professor Emeritus, Gordon Adams; and Sister Patricia Pora.
Location: USM Portland, Talbot Hall in Luther Bonney Hall
Time: 6:00pm panel; 7:00pm Q+A
This event is free and open to the public. For those able, we kindly request a suggested donation of $10 to support our programming.
FMI: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-4337
About our panelists:
James Nealon is an American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Honduras from 2014 to 2017. After his service as ambassador, he worked in the Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Secretary for International Engagement. A career Foreign Service officer, Nealon held posts in Canada, Uruguay, Hungary, Spain, and Chile before assuming his post as Ambassador to Honduras in August 2014; Nealon also served as the deputy of John F. Kelly, whilst Kelly was in charge of the United States Southern Command. A native of Virginia, Ambassador Nealon holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University and completed additional graduate work in history at Boston College.
Gordon Adams is a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy. He has taught at American University and George Washington University and has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is a distinguished fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and is a regular columnist in Foreign Policy online. He was deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and associate director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Adams was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Clarisa Pérez-Armendariz is an Associate Professor of Politics at Bates College. Her research explores how international migration affects political and economic development in migrants' origin countries. She served as a US Foreign Service officer in Mexico City and India from 1998-2002. Clarisa holds a Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Pomona College.
Patricia Pora is a Sister of Mercy and has overseen Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Portland, ME since 2005. She has assisted thousands of newcomers to Maine and seeks to show the “human side of the immigrant face” to our state and beyond.
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