Sep 19

Past Event

A Conversation on Colombia with President Alvaro Uribe Vélez

Event Materials



  • American Economy

    President Uribe says South American leadership is concerned about recent upsets in the American economy still, he says, Colombia recognizes that it has work to do to advance its economy.

  • U.S. Will Prosper from Free Trade with Colombia

    Alvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia: The United States stands to prosper from a free trade agreement with Colombia.

  • Drug Trade and Terrorism

    Uribe says a free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia will help the South American nation in its fight against the illegal drug trade and terrorism.

  • Crime

    For a number of years, homicides and terrorist actions have been pervasive in Colombia. President Uribe says his administration is making strides in lowering the nation''s crime rate.

  • New Administration

    Free trade with the U.S. is a vehicle that will allow for more export successes for Colombia. Cardenas hopes the next administration will move towards hemispheric integration.

    Mauricio Cárdenas


On September 19, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings hosted a conversation with President Alvaro Uribe Vélez of Colombia. President Uribe discussed the U.S.-Colombia relationship, including economic and security challenges including his administration’s fight against the illegal drug trade and prospects for the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

A panel discussion followed President Uribe’s remarks and included Senior Fellow Mauricio Cárdenas, director of Brookings’s Latin America Initiative and Moisés Naím, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine. Lael Brainard, vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.

Following the program, President Uribe and the panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda


September 19, 2008

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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