One of the United States’ closest allies in Latin America, Colombia is a critical player in the hemisphere. In a historic breakthrough after decades of intense civil war, the government of Colombia signed a peace deal with the leftist insurgency group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet Colombian citizens have mixed views of how successful the peace deal has been, and many aspects of the peace accord implementation have been challenging. How Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque approaches the deal and its implementation creates further questions, as he has stated that the peace accord needs corrections. Other challenges facing Colombia include persistent violence among other insurgent and criminal groups, increasing drug production and trafficking, a weakened economy, and instability in and refugee flows from neighboring Venezuela.
On July 25, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted an event exploring these dynamics and U.S.-Colombian relations. Juan Carlos Pinzón, former Colombian minister of defense and ambassador to the United States, offered opening remarks. He was joined by Brookings Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Vanda Felbab-Brown.
Following their conversation, panelists took audience questions.
ModeratorMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
PanelistJuan Carlos Pinzón Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Former Minister of Defense - Republic of ColombiaVanda Felbab-Brown Director - Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology