Nominating Mr. Mora for the role shows that the administration understands the importance of elevating an expert who understands those communities and the importance of bringing democracy and human rights concerns to the forefront of international diplomacy, said Manny Diaz, the chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and a former mayor of the city of Miami.
“When Latin America or the Caribbean sneezes, Miami catches a cold,” Mr. Diaz said. “It’s so important that we have someone that has lived through that, that is sensitive to that, that has been in the middle of it and really understands the hemisphere, the people of the hemisphere and their plight.”
Mr. Mora, who goes by Frank, speaks Spanish and Portuguese in addition to English. He is a professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University in Miami, where he previously directed the university’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Before that, he worked as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Western Hemisphere during the Obama administration.
If confirmed, Mr. Mora would succeed former Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, a fellow Cuban American from Miami, who served from March 2018 until the end of President Donald J. Trump’s term.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/us/politics/francisco-mora-ambassador-OAS.html