States Government, the Bureau of Western
Hemisphere Affairs is a part of the U.S. Department of State, charged with implementing U.S. foreign policy and
promoting U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere, as well as advising the Under Secretary for
Assistant Secretary Thomas A.
It is headed by the Assistant
Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
, who is
currently Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
On May 12, 2009 Arturo Valenzuela
was nominated by US President Barack Obama as Assistant Secretary
of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. The nomination needs
confirmation by the Senate.