Senior Advisor for Latin America, Covington & Burling
Arturo Valenzuela is Senior Advisor for Latin America at Covington & Burling, an international law firm with headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is Emeritus Professor of Government and founder of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Before joining the Georgetown faculty he was Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Dr. Valenzuela is an authority on the origins, consolidation and breakdown of democracy, Latin American politics, and U.S. Latin American relations. He has been an advisor on constitutional, electoral, and party reform efforts throughout the Americas.
In his first term in office, President Barack Obama named Dr. Valenzuela Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he served as the United States' chief diplomat for the Americas. During President William Clinton’s second term, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. Among his duties was leading the policy process that led to the implementation of Plan Colombia. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs in President Clinton’s first term, where he managed United States relations with Mexico and chaired the US delegation in the implementation of NAFTA.