Visiting Voices

A Conversation with Ambassador William Brownfield

Ambassador William R. Brownfield


Ambassador William R. Brownfield
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
U.S. Department of State


July 26, 2012


9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30–10:30 a.m. Program


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About the Program

International criminal groups that once specialized in drug trafficking have many more tentacles that now threaten U.S. national security in other ways. Criminal networks kidnap at random; smuggle weapons, money, and people; commit high-tech cyber crimes and steal intellectual property; launder money; and exploit the most vulnerable among us through fraud. As these groups grow in complexity and aptitude, so too does the danger to our country. Ambassador Brownfield will discuss the evolving threat, what it means for you, and what the State Department is doing to curtail the damage.

About the Speaker

Prior to Ambassador Brownfield's current appointment, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and to the Republic of Chile. His first assignment after joining the Foreign Service in 1979 was in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His other overseas postings include Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and assignments in Argentina and El Salvador. He was temporarily assigned as Political Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command in Panama 1989–90.

In Washington, Ambassador Brownfield's assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Executive Assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

Visiting Voices at RAND

Leading policymakers and thinkers from around the world regularly visit RAND to meet with our researchers and exchange perspectives on pressing policy concerns. RAND Policy Circle members are invited to join the discussion as part of the Visiting Voices seminar series.

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