Diplomacy Briefing Series: U.S. Policy in the Caribbean

Office of Public Liaison
Bureau of Public Affairs
June 27, 2011

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Date: 02/11/2000 Location: Walkers Wood, Jamaica Description: Burchell Rhoden prepares scotch bonnet pepper, one of the main ingredients used in the making of the jerk seasoning at Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, in Walkers Wood, Jamaica. Over the span of two decades the company grew from a tiny workers' cooperative into an export power by getting tourists hooked on the Jamaican ''jerk'' sauces that turn ordinary chicken, pork and fish into tangy delights. © AP Image/Collin Reid Date: 08/28/2008 Location: Kingston, Jamaica Description: Two fishermen prepare to secure their boats before the arrival of Tropical Storm Gustav at port Royal in Kingston. Gustav swirled away from the island of Hispaniola, where it killed 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and closed in on Jamaica's low-lying capital, about 40 miles (65 km) to the west. Forecasters said Gustav could hit Jamaica as a hurricane by Thursday night. © AP Image/Collin Reid Date: 03/13/2008 Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti Description: Women line up to be checked for AIDS at the Gheskio medical center in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Gheskio is a non-governmental organization dedicated to clinical service, research and training in HIV/AIDS and related diseases in Haiti. U.S. first lady Laura Bush will visit the medical center during her one-day visit to Port-au-Prince. © AP Image/Ariana Cubillos

On June 27, 2011, the U.S. Department of State hosted a Diplomacy Conference on U.S. Policy in the Caribbean, the third in a series of public outreach conferences aimed at engaging key constituencies on foreign policy issues. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela delivered remarks at the conference. The agenda also featured Ambassador Charles Shapiro, Senior Coordinator for Economic Issues, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, as well as a panel discussion with Caribbean Diaspora experts on security, development and governance in the region.

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