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Ambassador Francisco Villagran


May 10, 2011

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Ambassador from Guatemala

Challenges to Development in Guatemala


 Francisco Villagran de Leon is a career diplomat with more than 25 years in the Guatemalan Foreign service.  He has served as vice minister of foreign affairs and as ambassador to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, Canada, Germany and Norway.  In addition to his diplomatic posts, he has held fellowships at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. As Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Villagrán took part in the Contadora negotiations, which sought peaceful resolutions to the Central American conflicts of the 1980s. As ambassador to the OAS he has been a leading advocate for direct involvement of that agency in democratic development.  In 1992, he held a fellowship at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he analyzed the future of the Inter-American System and the OAS’s new role in the areas of democratization and regional security. In 2001, he took a fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he analyzed the benefits of trade agreements on institutional development in transitional democracies.  He was named as Guatemalan ambassador to the United States 2008.

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