U.S. Policy and the State of Democracy in the Americas


Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Peter QuilterYou are cordially invited to a seminar led by Peter Quilter, senior fellow at the Ash Center, on U.S. policy and the state of democracy in the Americas. In this seminar, Quilter will discuss how the next U.S. administration may approach issues of democratization and democratic governance in the Americas, with a specific focus on Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, and Central America. 

Most recently Quilter served as the Secretary for Administration and Finance at the Organization of American States.  Before assuming that post, he was the Democratic senior professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Western Hemisphere.  In that position, he advised Ranking Member Eliot Engel on all matters and legislation related to the Americas, and Committee Chairmen Howard Berman and Tom Lantos before that. 

He has held posts in the U.S. State Department, and was a Latin America policy advisor to both Obama Presidential campaigns, as well as the Kerry campaign before that. Mr. Quilter spent eight years as senior policy advisor to Secretary General Cesar Gaviria at the OAS, where he distinguished himself as a top level diplomatic negotiator and conflict resolution expert in some of the most explosive political situations in the Americas region.  He served in a Clinton administration political appointment as Special Advisor at the State Department’s Western Hemisphere bureau.