President Guillermo Lasso’s White House meeting with President Joseph Biden on Monday comes on the heels of the US-Ecuador Partnership Act’s inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation and the presidential visit reflect the depth and breadth of the bilateral relationship, including the two countries’ shared interest in bolstering democracy during this time of democratic backsliding in the Americas. The US-Ecuador Partnership Act marks the first time in the history of the US Congress that legislation has been approved that is dedicated solely to the US-Ecuador bilateral relationship. This legislation will increase US cooperation with the government of Ecuador on initiatives that expand bilateral economic and commercial ties, advance inclusive economic development, deepen security and law enforcement assistance, support democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and strengthen environmental protections and stewardship.

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Wilson Center Latin America Program, and the Center for Strategic International Studies Americas Program are pleased to welcome President Guillermo Lasso for a discussion on next steps to advance US-Ecuador relations following the presidential bilateral meeting, as well as on the outlook for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Join us via livestream or follow this event on Twitter at #DialogoLasso@The_Dialogue@ACLatAm, and @CSISAmericas.

Please note that this event will be held in Spanish.

Opening Remarks

Brian A. Nichols
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
US Department of State


Guillermo Lasso Mendoza
Republic of Ecuador

In conversation with

Rebecca Bill Chavez
President and CEO
The Inter-American Dialogue

Closing remarks

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.