Convocation focused on U.S. and Latin American policy—and problems

April 22, 2016

Jeffrey Davidow, an esteemed U.S. Foreign Service Officer, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 29 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. Entitled, “Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Other Latin American Hotspots,” Davidow’s presentation will focus on U.S. and Latin American policy and related problems.

Carleton convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived for online viewing at

Upon completion of 34 years in the Foreign Service, Davidow retired as America's highest ranking diplomat, one of the few people to hold the rank of Career Ambassador. Davidow served as U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Venezuela, and Mexico. Between his posts in Zambia and Venezuela, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Following his post in Venezuela, he was the State Department’s chief policy maker for the Western Hemisphere as Assistant Secretary of State. 

After leaving Mexico, Davidow became a Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. 

Davidow then went on to assume the presidency of the Institute of the Americas, an independent, non-profit institution at the University of California, San Diego, whose mission is to be a catalyst for promoting development and integration as a means to improve the economic, political, and social well-being of the people of the Americas. 

Ambassador Davidow is also an accomplished public speaker and author. He has published articles in Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and authored two books, one on international negotiations and the other, The US and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine, a bestseller in Mexico and a prominent textbook at American universities.

He speaks frequently on hemispheric policy and on Mexican developments for organizations such as the North American Forum, the Trilateral Commission, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Pacific Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and many university and other groups. He also served as an adviser to President Obama for the 2009 Summit of the Americas.

This event is sponsored by Carleton College Communications. For more information, including disability accommodations, please call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.