Birth of the Monroe Doctrine painting

200 Years of the Monroe Doctrine

5:00-7:30 pm EST

In Person

200 years ago, President James Monroe addressed Congress on how the United States should work to prevent European interference in the Western Hemisphere. This address became known as the Monroe Doctrine and continues to shape U.S. foreign policy today. 

In recognition of this anniversary, you are invited to join the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) for a discussion on both the historical and modern impact of the Monroe Doctrine. 

NMAD is pleased to welcome Ambassador (retired) Lino Gutiérrez and Historian Dr. Jessica Lepler who will both offer remarks on the Monroe Doctrine. Ambassador Gutiérrez had a 29-year career with the State Department. He served as Ambassador to Nicaragua from 1996 to 1999 and as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003 until his retirement in 2006. Ambassador Gutiérrez will offer a retrospective of the Doctrine’s 20th-century influence on Latin American nations. 

Dr. Lepler is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. Her most recent research has uncovered what she believes to be the inspiration behind the Monroe Doctrine, adding important context to the understanding of this foundational moment in diplomatic history. 

NMAD’s Historian, Dr. Alison Mann, will give an overview of the museum’s planned exhibits.

Following the program, we invite you to join us for a reception featuring food from a local Cuban restaurant in our preview exhibit, Diplomacy is Our Mission, on the museum’s upper level.  

Please RSVP by January 12, 2024. 

This event is at capacity.

For further information or if you require reasonable accommodations to attend the event, please contact Emma Guyette (