Opportunities and Challenges in Latin America from the Perspective of a US Ambassador to Nicaragua

Posted on 3/18/2019 8:46:30 PM

Ambassador Laura F. Dogu

Ambassador Laura Dogu plans to speak about the main regional challenges and opportunities in Latin America while sharing some of her personal stories. She intends to talk briefly about what an Ambassador’s role is and what they do. Lastly, Ambassador Dogu will present very briefly on her current position.

This is part 3 of the Latin American Studies Spring 2019 Series. 

Ambassador Laura Dogu is the acting director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, an interagency group of law enforcement, diplomatic, military, and intelligence experts responsible for the recovery of US persons held hostage abroad. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the Ambassador of the United States to Nicaragua, responsible for the bilateral relationship during a time of violent civic unrest.  From 2012 through 2015, she served as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy Mexico City, where she managed the many different facets of the complex US-Mexico relationship, one that involves nearly every agency of the US government. In addition to assignments in Washington, DC, she has served in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Ankara, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; and San Salvador, El Salvador.  

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Dogu worked for IBM. She earned a BA, BBA (1985), and MBA (1989) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas as well as an MS from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2007. She speaks Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic. 

Ambassador Laura F. Dogu with President of Nicaragua, Daniel OrtegaDate

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time and Place

  • 5:15–6:15 p.m.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 126

Attendance vouchers will be available.

Latin American Studies