Aznar Launches the FAES report on Latin America in Washington

11/05/2012

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He met with the chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee

He advocated restoring the Spain-US-Latin America Atlantic Bond, based on common values

A FAES delegation has launched the report in the main think tanks

ACUS and GAIN

Aznar has attended the Atlantic Council's Award dinner and participated at the Global Adaptation Institute's Annual Meeting

Madrid, 11.05.12.- José María Aznar, president of FAES Foundation and former Prime Minister of Spain, launched the English edition of FAES' strategic report 'Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012' in an event organised in Washington by The Heritage Foundation, the main conservative think tank of the United States. Previously, the former Prime Minister of Spain held a meeting with the chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee in the Capitol Iliana Ros-Lehtinen, to whom he also gave the report and presented its objectives. Furthermore, a FAES delegation has presented the report to the heads of the main political think tanks, of different ideological stances, as well as to top State Department and US Administration officials this past week in Washington.

At the report's launching event, which took place yesterday at The Heritage Foundation's headquarters, Aznar has advocated restoring Spain and the United States past years' relationship. Furthermore, he added, "Spain, the United States and Latin America have the opportunity of working together" and has encouraged them to recover the Atlantic Bond, as a trilateral relationship based on common values and the shared desire of defending freedom and boosting prosperity.

Aznar, who addressed analysts and experts on Latin American issues linked to political think tanks and the US Administration, stressed that populism is a problem in the region but that it "has no future". He showed, as contrast, those countries which pursue "the path of progress, that's based on reinforcing legal certainty, strengthening institutions and promoting open societies".

FAES' REPORT

A FAES delegation has travelled with Aznar to Washington. It was headed by the Secretary-General, Javier Zarzalejos and the Director of the International Department, Cayetana ?lvarez de Toledo, who presented the report on Latin America to the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, Dan Restrepo; the vice president of Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank, Santiago Levy; and top officials of the State Department and the US Administration, amongst others.

The FAES delegation also met with analysts and experts of the main political forums of Washington, such as the institutes of the Democrat Party (National Democratic Institute, NDI) and the Republican Party (International Republican Institute, IRI), and renowned think tanks from different ideological stances, like CATO Institute, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute and Inter-American Dialogue.

The FAES report 'Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012', is an updated and extended edition on the Region's situation and future which was first published by FAES in 2007. It seeks to promote at both sides of the Atlantic common ideas regarding liberal democracy, respect for individual freedoms, enforcement of the Rule of Law, institutional strengthening and open economy. The report was launched by Aznar in Cadiz last April 10, and after being recently released in Brazil and now the United States, will be launched in other Latin American countries in 2012 like Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador, as well as in European cities like Brussels, London and Berlin.

ATLANTIC COUNCIL'S AWARD DINNER

During his stay in Washington, Aznar also attended the US Atlantic Council's Annual Leadership Awards Dinner. Like every year, distinguished international personalities of the political, economic and arts spheres participated in the event, which was held on the evening of May 7, amongst them the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, who received the Distinguished International Leadership Award.

Aznar has been a member of the Atlantic Council's International Advisory Board since the beginning of 2007. For 50 years, this renowned American think tank has devoted itself to promoting leadership and commitment in Foreign Affairs issues, supported by transatlantic cooperation and international security.

GAIN'S ANNUAL MEETING

Aznar also participated in the Global Adaptation Institute's (GAIN) Annual Meeting in Washington, in his capacity as Chairman of its Advisory Council. With headquarters in Washington, the GAIN was established in October 2010 as a non-profit private initiative with the aim of becoming a pragmatic voice in the public debate on climate change. GAIN seeks, likewise, to improve public policies to help developing nations face the consequences arising from such change, like population growth, water and food supplies, urbanization and coastal protection.