Julia Sweig: DC’s Go-To Latin America Diva


Julia Sweig in one of DC’s finest Latin America policy divas — and she appeared recently on The Colbert Show. It’s a great segment.
Two of the highlights were Sweig saying that even “Stephen Colbert in a thong” would not get Venezuela on America’s side in addition to her reporting the interesting data point that Hugo Chavez’s citizens only pay 12 cents a gallon for gas. . .that’s right. . .12 cents.
Julia Sweig is the Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and she’ll be speaking at a forum I am chairing on Monday titled “What would Richard Nixon Do on US-Cuba Relations?” at the New America Foundation from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm EST.
The meeting will STREAM LIVE here at The Washington Note and will also include Nixon Center President Dimitri K. Simes, former National Security Council senior staff member Flynt Leverett and former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson.
Sweig was senior adviser on a recent Council on Foreign Relations report on Latin America that truly stunned me in how forward looking and sensible its prescriptions were.
Oops. Forgot to mention that she was also featured big time in Cigar Aficionado — very cool.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons


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