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Diplomacy through a Jewish and Latino Lens
Join us for a collaboration of the Pozez JCC, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, and AJC Washington:

International treaties, agreements, and alliances are the result of diplomatic negotiations that represent a country’s most important goals. But what really happens behind the curtain? And how have the Jewish people been involved in formal and informal diplomacy? Hear the inside perspective of how diplomacy works between the U.S. and Latin America through a Jewish lens.

Ambassador Lisa Kubiske | Pozez JCC Board Member and former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil

Dina Siegel Vann | AJC Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs Director

Moderator: Jason Isaacson | AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer

Oct 28, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lisa J. Kubiske
Former Ambassador @U.S. Department of State
Lisa Kubiske is a retired US diplomat who enjoyed a career in Latin America, China, and Washington D.C. Starting from coordinating US search teams following a major earthquake in Mexico in 1985 and researching Mexican migration and Central American to the United States, through assignments focused on democracy, prosperity, and security, she rose through the ranks to become US Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development (2014-2017). Ambassador Kubiske earned State’s highest award for her earthquake relief work. Since retirement, Lisa has been a guest-lecturer at universities and think tanks on Honduras, development, leadership, diplomacy, and international careers. She is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
Dina Siegel Vann
Director @AJC Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs
A native of Mexico City and Director of AJC's Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. Siegel Vann previously served as UN and Latin American Affairs Director for B’nai B’rith International. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 1997, she was Political Affairs Director for the Mexican Jewish Community. She organized the first Latino-Jewish Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2001 and the National Conversation on the State of Latino-Jewish Relations in 2013. In 2011, the Congressional Latino-Jewish Caucus was founded largely due to her efforts. Siegel Vann received the Civil Rights Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in 2014; the Order of the Civil Merit from King Felipe VI of Spain in March 2016; the prestigious National Ohtli Award from the Mexican government in September 2016. Siegel Vann graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from Tel Aviv University and holds an M.A. from Syracuse University.
Jason Isaacson
Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer @AJC
Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer and longtime analyst of U.S. political and strategic affairs and an advocate for Arab-Israeli peace. An observer to the 1991-92 Middle East peace talks in Madrid, Moscow, and Washington, he represented AJC at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna; since 1993, he has coordinated AJC ministerial meetings throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia, including numerous visits that were the first by an American Jewish civic organization. Isaacson directed an AJC initiative to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on Middle East policy resulting in the opening of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels in 2004. In 2007, the French Minister of Culture and Communication awarded him the rank of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. In July 2009, King Mohammed VI bestowed on Isaacson the honor of Chevalier of the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.