During his February 2016 visit to the United States, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ first public event was hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, in partnership with the Inter-American Dialogue, Atlantic Council, Council of the Americas, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. The session focused on a range of issues with particular focus on the ongoing peace negotiations. Afterwards, we asked Latin American Program Director, Cynthia Arnson to share her reactions. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, the Spanish-language edition of the distinguished journal Foreign Affairs.  She is a member of the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch/Americas and the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.  She served as associate director of the Americas division from 1990-1994, covering Central America and Colombia.  In the early 1980s, as a consultant to Americas Watch, Arnson wrote many of the organization’s first reports on human rights conditions in El Salvador.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.