Alexander F.  Watson
Former NAFTA negotiator Robert Fisher Sees Clear U.S. Preference to Stay in The Agreement

In a Toronto Star article, Robert Fisher discusses how the negotiations have evolved to a point where all parties, including the United States, prefer a revised agreement to withdrawal.

Amb. Pickering Analyzes Prime Minister Theresa May’s Kremlin Ultimatum In Response to Alleged Poison Gas Attack

In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, Amb. Pickering discusses Russia’s denial of any role in Sergei Skripal’s poisoning and predicts strong reactions from the UK, with support from France and Germany, should Russia fail to respond to May’s ultimatum.

Amb. Hills Explains Why the Domestic and Global Costs of President Trump’s Metal Tariffs Far Outweigh the Benefits

In an interview with Bloomberg, Amb. Hills warned that Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs will cost U.S. workers more jobs than it will create, strain U.S. relationships with key allies, and thus undermine the tariffs’ central objective of safeguarding U.S. national security.


Ambassador Alexander F. Watson served as a career Foreign Service Officer and top Latin Americanist at the U.S. State Department for almost 35 years. In his last assignment, Alec was the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under President Bill Clinton. He also served as the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. Alec was Ambassador to Perú and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia.

For 15 years at Hills & Company, Alec has been solving problems in Latin America, at the United Nations, and elsewhere for Fortune 500 and other global businesses. Prior to that, he led the full range of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) work abroad as Vice President and Executive Director for International Conservation. Alec managed initiatives in 27 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Americas, as well as the Conservation Finance, Institutional Development, International Science, and Climate Change Programs.

Alec’s early Foreign Service posts included Santo Domingo and Madrid, followed by service in the Department of State as an intelligence analyst. He also served tours in Brasilia and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Alec then returned to the State Department as Brazil desk officer, and then as Special Assistant for Legislative and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and, subsequently, as Director of the Office of Development Finance. He was decorated by the governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Perú. Alec maintains close contacts with government and business leaders in Latin America, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently.

He is on the boards of LASPAU (a nonprofit affiliated with Harvard University that enhances higher educational opportunities throughout the Americas) and the Argentine Program of TNC, and on the Advisory Councils of the Latin America Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United Nations Association of the United States, and the Inter-American Foundation. Alec was a member of the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee the and Advisory Council to the Commander, United States Southern Command. He previously served as president of the Pan-American Development Foundation and the Una Cox Chapman Foundation. Alec is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the American Foreign Service Association, and the Inter-American Dialogue.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Wisconsin.