Sol M. Linowitz Forum

The Sol M. Linowitz Forum, established in 1996, is dedicated to improving the quality of debate and communication on Western Hemispheric issues. The forum pays tribute to Ambassador Linowitz, the Dialogue’s founding chairman, and assembles Dialogue members once every two years to address the most important issues affecting the Americas. 

At the forum, Dialogue members meet in plenary sessions and in smaller workshops, probe their differences, identify cooperative solutions to regional problems, and develop consensus proposals for action. 

Drawing on these discussions, the Dialogue produces a policy report that reviews the main issues and offers recommendations for policy and action–for governments, international organizations, and private groups. The report is published and widely circulated throughout the hemisphere. 




                                                                 Past Linowitz Forums

13th Linowitz Forum

Zoom Collage of Linowitz Participants



12th Linowitz Forum

11th Linowitz Forum


10th Linowitz Forum


                                                                      Past policy reports

2022 Report


2009 Report


2003 Report


1999 Report


1994 Report


1990 Report


1988 Report


1984 Report



2012 Report


2005 Report


2000 Report


1997 Report


1993 Report


1989 Report


1986 Report


1983 Report

                                                             Past commemorative reports

2013 Report


1996 Report



About Sol M. Linowitz


Sol M. Linowitz was a distinguished lawyer, businessman, and diplomat. A man of extraordinary achievement, Ambassador Linowitz served as a counselor to various presidents, congressmen and women, and world leaders. Amongst his many notable accomplishments was the negotiation of the Panama Canal treaties during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. In 1998, Ambassador Linowitz was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, who said, in a speech, “If every world leader had half the vision Sol Linowitz does, we would have about a tenth as many problems as we’ve got in this whole world today.” Ambassador Linowitz confounded Xerox Corporation, serving as its chairman for several years. From 1966 to 1969, he was appointed as the United States’ representative to the Organization of American States and in 1979 as the United States’ special ambassador to the Middle East. Ambassador Linowitz served on the Board of Trustees of his alma matter, Cornell University, and as president of the National Urban League. He authored two books, “The Making of a Public Man: A Memoir and “The Betrayed Profession.” Ambassador Linowitz passed away on March 18, 2005 at his home in Washington, DC. The Dialogue inaugurated the Sol M. Linowitz Forum in 1996 to recognize and commemorate his exceptional career in service to democracy and cooperation among the nations of the Americas.


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