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The most recent meeting of the Sol M. Linowitz Forum was held from June 7-9, 2012 in Washington, DC. The meeting marked the eighteenth meeting of the Dialogue's members in plenary session and the ninth meeting of the forum. Members discussed a range of pressing hemispheric topics including the rise of Latin America's new middle class, what can be done about drugs and violence, and the "Latinoamericanization" of the United States. MORE


The Sol M. Linowitz Forum, established in 1996, is dedicated to improving the quality of debate and communication on Western Hemispheric issues. The forum pays tribute to Ambassador Linowitz, the Dialogue's founding chairman, and assembles Dialogue members once every two years to address the most important issues affecting the Americas.

At the forum, Dialogue members meet in plenary sessions and in smaller workshops, probe their differences, identify cooperative solutions to regional problems, and develop consensus proposals for action.

Drawing on these discussions, the Dialogue produces a policy report that reviews the main issues and offers recommendations for policy and action--for governments, international organizations, and private groups. The report is published and widely circulated throughout the hemisphere. The forum is supported by the Linowitz Forum Endowment Fund, which helps assure that the Dialogue remains an independent, balanced, and effective voice in Western Hemisphere affairs.


April 2013 30th Anniversary Commemorative Volume: The Americas in Motion: Looking Ahead
April 2012 Remaking the Relationship: The United States and Latin America
March 2009 A Second Chance: U.S. Policy in the Americas
July 2005 A Break in the Clouds: Latin America and the Caribbean in 2005
February 2003 The Troubled Americas
December 2000 A Time for Decisions: U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere
November 1999 The Americas at the Millennium: A Time of Testing


Sol M. Linowitz was a distinguished lawyer, buisnessman, and diplomat. A man of extraordinary achievement, Ambassador Linowitz served as a counselor to various presidents, congressmen and women, and world leaders. Amongst his many notable accomplishments was the negotiation of the Panama Canal treaties during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. In 1998, Ambassador Linowitz was awarded the Presdiential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, who said, in a speech, ''If every world leader had half the vision Sol Linowitz does, we would have about a tenth as many problems as we've got in this whole world today." Ambassador Linowitz confounded Xerox Corporation, serving as its chairman for several years. From 1966 to 1969, he was appointed as the United States' representative to the Organization of American States and and, later, in 1979, as the United States' special ambassador to the Middle East. Ambassador Linowitz served on the Board of Trustees of his alma matter, Cornell University, and as president of the National Urban League. He authored two books, "The Making of a Public Man: A Memor and "The Betrayed Profession." Ambassador Linowitz passed away on March 18, 2005 at his home in Washington, DC. The Dialogue inagurated the Sol M. Linowitz Forum in 1996 to recognize and commemorate his exceptional career in service to democracy and cooperation among the nations of the Americas.