One of the Baker Institute"s goals is to educate the next generation of decision-makers and policy experts. This philosophy extends to the institute"s Latin America Initiative, which is a sponsor of the Americas Project.

The Americas Project brings together approximately 15 fellows selected competitively from the various countries of the Western Hemisphere. They represent some of the region"s brightest and most promising young leaders. The goal is to create a leadership forum where emerging economic, political and cultural pacesetters throughout the Western Hemisphere can engage in dialogue on important topics of hemispheric consequences.

In October, the 2011 class of Americas Project fellows will meet at the Baker Institute to discuss "21st Century Borders in the Americas: Sovereignty, Migration and Crime." The event will feature an Oct. 13 panel discussion that can be viewed via webcast.

In this Baker Institute Blog post, Latin America Initiative program director Erika de la Garza discusses a recent reunion she had with Americas Project alumni.