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Wilson Center Launches Iván Duque Center for Prosperity and Freedom

WASHINGTON – The Wilson Center is proud to announce the launch of the "Iván Duque Center for Prosperity and Freedom," chaired by the esteemed H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia from 2018 to 2022. This new initiative embodies the Wilson Center's commitment to enhancing the strategic importance of the Western Hemisphere in fostering economic growth and promoting democratic values on a global scale.

“We are honored to establish the Iván Duque Center for Prosperity and Freedom at the Wilson Center,” said Ambassador Mark A. Green, president and CEO of the Wilson Center. “This new Center is a way for us to reaffirm both the importance of the Western Hemisphere in American foreign policy and the promise that democracy and market-centered economics must play in the region’s future. From his historic leadership as Colombia’s president to his many contributions as a distinguished fellow at the Wilson Center, President Duque has always been an important advocate for prosperity and freedom. This new initiative will serve to take our scholarship to new heights.”

Under the leadership of President Duque, this pioneering initiative is poised to become a leading source for policy innovation and advocacy in the Americas. It will aim to reinvigorate policy discussions on the essential role the Western Hemisphere plays in the global arena – driving economic prosperity through private enterprise, strategic trade, and investment opportunities.

"The Iván Duque Center will be a space for the defense of democracy, economic liberty, security, investment and social equity within a market economy as necessary pillars for the construction of collective prosperity in our Hemisphere," President Duque assured.

The Iván Duque Center will shine a spotlight on tyrannies in the region committing human rights abuses and atrocities. Furthermore, it will lead efforts to support democratic values, mitigate climate extremes, respond to human displacement, and strengthen supply chains, reinforcing the region’s position as a leader in the international community.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. 


President Duque during an interview with Amb. Green
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H.E. Iván Duque Márquez on the New Center