Update: Watch the webcast here.
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 Olive Sampson, Director of the Office of Public Liaison, and streamed live on www.state.gov 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 be selected for response during the live broadcast. Questions can be submitted now here on DipNote.
Through "Conversations With America," leaders of national nongovernmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior Department of State officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues. From Afghanistan to India, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Internet freedom to world water issues, the "Conversations With America" series showcases how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.