Miami Hub: Making Foreign Policy Less Foreign (en Español!)

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer participates in a radio interview at a station in Miami, Florida, December 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

As soon as I stepped off the plane in Miami for my visit to our Media Hub of the Americas I sensed a certain dynamism. As I met with journalists, members of the business community, academics, and students during my visit, I found that this energy permeated throughout my meetings, as all were eager to engage to further strengthen the ties that bind the United States to Latin America.

The Hub of the Americas is a part of the Bureau of Public Affairs’ network of six media hubs around the world; and it is the only hub located domestically. Our media hub in Miami takes advantage of the city’s location as a gateway to Latin America to communicate our policies not only to audiences in the Hemisphere but also to the growing Spanish-speaking community in the United States. During my trip,… more »

Conversations With America: The Hemispheric Agenda—Democracy, Prosperity, and Social Inclusion

Conversations With America -- The Hemispheric Agenda: Democracy, Prosperity, and Social Inclusion [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will hold a conversation with Diana Villiers Negroponte, Senior Fellow, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution and Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue, on the U.S. government’s foreign policy agenda in the Western Hemisphere. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will… more »

Join a Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges in the Western Hemisphere

Conversations with America live broadcast [State Department image/ Public Domain]

On Thursday, July 14, 2011, Arturo Valenzuela , Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, will hold a conversation with Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Western Hemisphere.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and streamed live on and DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 1:15 p.m. EDT. Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will… more »