A Conversation with President Alvaro Uribe Vélez of Colombia
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.
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The U.S. still has some leverage over China, because China clearly wants a deal. ... U.S. financial markets also seem to have been boosted by the prospects of a U.S.-China trade deal, so I think it could have a negative effect on both financial markets and economic activity in both countries if a deal is not struck