Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Venezuelan Ambassador Visits Tulane

November 20th, 2009

On November 19, the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) and the Department of Political Science at Tulane University sponsored a talk by Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States. Alvarez Herrera’s lecture was entitled “U.S. – Venezuelan Relations and a New Era for the Americas.” This event was hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.


Ambassador Alvarez Herrera speaks to Tulane Latinamericanists in the Greenleaf Conference Room.

See more photos at the Stone Center’s Flickr site.

Information on the Ambassador:

Bernardo Alvarez Herrera became Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States on January 27, 2003. On September 11, 2008, he was recalled to Caracas and was appointed the head of Venezuela’s delegation to UNASUR (Union of South American Nations). He was later appointed president of the Bank of ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas). Less than a year later, on June 26, 2009, Ambassador Alvarez became the first foreign ambassador in U.S. diplomatic history to be reinstated by Washington (along with his U.S. counterpart in Caracas) as both the Chavez and Obama administrations moved to normalize relations. He currently serves as the Dean of the Latin American diplomatic corps in Washington, having served longer in his post than any of his regional counterparts.

Previous to his post as ambassador, Mr. Alvarez held various public positions including Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Deputy to the National Congress, Vice Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee and Chairman of the Energy and Mines Committee, Executive Secretary of the Working Group on Political Reforms of the Presidential Commission for the Reform of the State and Chief of the Research and Development Division at the Venezuelan Institute of Foreign Trade.

In the international area he has held positions as Representative of Venezuela and Member of the Executive Committee to the U.S. Energy Council, Principal Coordinator for Venezuela in the Cooperation Agreement on Energy with the United States, and Head of the Venezuelan Delegation to the Ministerial Conferences of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

He has taught at the School of Political and Administrative studies of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and at the Superior School of the Venezuelan Air Force as has been an Academic Advisor at the Institute of Higher Studies on National Defense. Ambassador Alvarez holds a degree in Political Science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, England.