Alexander F.  Watson
Amb. Hills Provides Historical Context on NAFTA and Its Role in Building the Modern Global Trading System

In a live Bloomberg interview, Amb. Hills shares what NAFTA accomplished, how and why it should be upgraded, and its contributions to the Uruguay Round and launch of the World Trade Organization.

Robert Fisher Assesses the First Day of NAFTA talks

In an article for the Toronto Star, Mr. Fisher comments on trade negotiating dynamics as the first round of NAFTA talks get underway.

Amb. Hills Describes How NAFTA Has Strengthened Regional Competitiveness

In a CNN interview, Amb. Hills explains how expanded North American trade under NAFTA has enhanced the competitiveness of U.S. autos and other industries.


Ambassador Alexander F. Watson served as a career Foreign Service Officer and top Latin Americanist at the U.S. State Department and top Latin Americanist 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, Alec has been solving problems in Latin America, at the United Nations, and elsewhere for Fortune 500 and other global businesses at Hills & Company.  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 the Asia-Pacific and Latin America, 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 in 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 Maryland/D.C. chapter of the 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 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.