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October 4, 2018

Ecuador & U.S. Bilateral Relations

Insights from Ambassador Francisco Carrión Mena

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This October 4 , CLAS held engaging conversation on the current and future state of U.S.-Ecuador bilateral relations, featuring H.E. Francisco Carrión Mena.

Ambassador Carrión was appointed Ecuador's Ambassador to the United States by Lenín Moreno, who was elected President in May 2017. He joined Ecuador’s Foreign Service in 1974. His earlier assignments included postings in Paris and London. In 1996, Carrión returned to Ecuador, to serve as under secretary of national sovereignty. He also participated in negotiations over Ecuador's territorial dispute with neighboring Peru. In 2005 he was named minister of foreign affairs.

Shortly after President Rafael Correa took over in 2007, Carrión was named Correa’s representative to the Yasuni-ITT initiative. Yasuni-ITT was a proposal that Ecuador would suspend oil extraction from the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini part of the Yasuni national park if the international community would pay Ecuador $3.6 billion to make up for the lost revenue. The plan was abandoned in 2013.

Carrión was then named Ecuador’s permanent representative to the United Nations in November 2009, serving until 2011. During his time in the UN, he also served as chairman of the UN’s Decolonization Committee.

After retiring from the Foreign Service, Carrión has taught and written a newspaper column for Diario El Comercio and served as president of the International Committee of the United Nations for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families. 

Carrión earned a bachelor’s degree in public and social sciences from Central University of Ecuador in 1974 and a Ph.D. in international sciences in 1978 from the same institution.

This event is off the record.

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