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Lula’s Legacy: Brazil’s Rise and South America’s Future

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MAJ Nicholas C. Franklin
 
Olmsted Scholar
 
Nick Franklin is an Armor officer currently studying as an Olmsted Scholar in Montevideo, Uruguay.
 
Previously, Nick was posted to Baumholder, Germany, where he served in 1-35 AR from 2003-2007, and Fort Hood, Texas, where served in 3-8 CAV from 2008-2010. Most recently, he was assigned to the Army War College as an aide-de-camp.
 
Nick is in his fourth and final semester of the Universidad de la Republica’s master’s degree program in political science. His current research involves Uruguay’s comparatively large contributions to UN peacekeeping.
 
Nick graduated USMA in 2002.
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Mr. Thomas J. Walsh
 
Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State
 
Serve as a Deputy Political Advisor (POLAD) in the Human Rights Office and act as liaison from the Department of State to network with other entities working human rights issues, such as the inter-agency community, international organizations, and non-governmental human rights organizations (NGOs).  Monitor and analyzes developments in international human rights law and ensures that personnel assigned to the SOUTHCOM staff receive all the information they need to comply with Defense Department policies and directives and the Command’s own human rights policy.  Also seek opportunities to encourage military leaders serving democratic governments in Central America, the Caribbean and Latin America to develop, and be able to measure, an institutional culture of respect for human rights within their armed forces.