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On August 7, Gustavo Petro was sworn-in as Colombia’s first-ever leftist president. Petro’s campaign platform promised important changes domestically and in foreign policy that could reshape Colombia’s relationship with the United States. In this episode, host Benjamin Gedan speaks with William Brownfield, a distinguished fellow at the Wilson Center and a former U.S. ambassador to Chile, Venezuela and Colombia, about the implications of Petro’s presidency for U.S.-Colombia ties.


Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more