Events on Colombia
Prosecutor General Montealegre, a former justice and president of Colombia’s Constitutional Court, discussed a broad range of issues.
On Friday, June 1, The Latin American Program and the Brazil Institute convene a panel of experts to discuss regional relations in South America.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Latin America Program, Institute of Legal Defense, and the Corporation of Andean Development hosted an event in Lima, Peru on laws, sentencing, and prisons to discuss what helps or doesn’t help citizen security in the Andean region.
The Americas and the World: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, And PeruNov 22, 2011
CIDE University in Mexico City, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Latin American Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and the CSIS America’s Program were pleased to host the launch of the report on public opinion in the Americas.
Under the Santos administration, Colombia has pursued a new set of foreign policy priorities and is seeking to play a more active role in regional and international affairs. Minister Holguín discussed Colombia's changing political and economic relations with its closest neighbors and the rest of Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
This conference represents the beginning of an effort to help foster public debate and brainstorm concrete ways to mitigate the adverse effects of indirect taxation on the poor and reverse the high rates of tax evasion among the wealthy.
Public security officials from throughout the hemisphere will preview issues to be discussed at the General Assembly.
Vice President Garzón, describes an ambitious program of domestic and foreign policy initiatives mapped out during the administration’s first months in office.
The Latin American Program hosted a discussion of the recently published Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?, edited by Jorge Domínguez and Rafael Fernández de Castro.
A conference to deepen the understanding of the connection between existing levels of common crime and the growing presence of organized crime in the region.
The Latin American Program held a conference to discuss municipal-level efforts to improve citizen security, reduce violent crime, and engage citizens and invigorate civil society participation.
Citizens throughout Latin America cited crime as the most important problem facing their countries. This has risen over the last decade.
The Latin American Program hosted a distinguished group of Latin American, U.S., and European scholars to discuss the revival of populism in Latin America and its consequences for the future of democratic governance in the region.
The story of the oil industry in Latin America in recent years has been one of both highs and lows. A panel of four experts was convened to evaluate the current climate for significant reform in the region.
During a session chaired by Woodrow Wilson Center President and Director Lee H. Hamilton, Uribe discussed three pillars upon which he will inspire "the highest level of confidence" within Colombia and abroad.
Paul Gootenberg's new book, Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug, provided an opportunity to link contemporary issues and drug policies in the Unites States, Latin America, and the world with the historical record of cocaine in the Andes.
A group of experts – former trade negotiators, analysts and scholars – discussed how Latin America's experience in negotiating and implement FTAs can inform a new U.S. trade policy.
The Americas and the World: A New Study on Public Opinion in Latin America on Foreign Affairs Coordinated by CIDEJul 07, 2011
Cynthia J. Arnson, Woodrow Wilson Center; Guadalupe González, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE); Jorge Schiavon, CIDE; Robert Pastor, American University; Francisco Gonzalez, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS; Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, Peschard-Sverdrup and Associates, CSIS; José Miguel Insulza, Organization of American States; Ferrán Martínez I Coma, CIDE; Miguel Angel López, Universidad de Chile; Mauricio Cárdenas, Brookings Institution; Peter Hakim, Inter-American Dialogue; Andrew Selee, Woodrow Wilson Center
<b>Cynthia Arnson</b>, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; <b>Luis Astorga</b>, Researcher, Institute for Social Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico; <b>Aldo Civico</b>, Director, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University; <b>Douglas Farah</b> Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center; <b>Vanda Felbab-Brown</b>, Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution; <b>Eric Olson</b>, Senior Adviser, Security Initiative, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Offsite event: A Discussion with Frank Pearl, Colombia's High Counselor for Social and Economic ReintegrationJul 07, 2011
Pearl, a former businessman, discussed the progress of these programs, the prospects for further demobilizations, and the role of the international community.
<b>Gonzalo Sánchez</b>, Director, Memoria Histórica, <b>Álvaro Camacho</b>, Research Coordinator, Trujillo Report
As part of a continuing effort to monitor Colombia's internal armed conflict and its consequences, the peace initiatives with guerrilla as well as paramilitary actors were analyzed. The conference took place in the wake of several major setbacks for the FARC guerrillas.
This event was held to provide Members of Congress, their staffs, and the public with an informed and balanced discussion of the multiple issues surrounding the pending FTA, including the potential benefits to both the United States and Colombia and such critical issues as labor rights.
<b>Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez</b>, president of the Colombian Senate; <b>Marta Lucía Ramírez</b>, Senator and Former Defense Minister, Colombia; <b>María Isabel Nieto</b>, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Colombia; <b>María Emma Wills</b>, Universidad de los Andes professor and member of the Historical Memory Commission, Colombia.
<b>Genaro Arriagada</b>, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar andformer Chilean Ambassador to the United States and <b>Ramón Espinasa</b>, former Chief Economist for PDVSA and consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Andean Development Corporation
Santiago Jaramillo, a lawyer with the Victims of the Armed Conflict Project in Medellín, Colombia, discusses the city government's efforts to respond to the needs and support the rights of the victims of the armed conflict.
<b>Jaime Bermúdez</b>, Office of the Presidency, Republic of Colombia;<b>Alfredo Rangel Suárez</b>, President, Fundación Seguridad y Democracia;<b>León Valencia</b>, Columnist, <i>El Tiempo</i>;<b>Padre Darío Echeverri</b>, Comisión de Conciliación Nacional and Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia; <b>David Henifin</b>, Deputy Director for Andean Affairs, U.S. Department of State
The Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Inter-American Foundation take a critical look at the innovations in democratic governance that have emerged throughout the region.
Read the presenters' remarks. <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/Santos%20remarks%2007-20-05.doc " target="blanK" >Francisco Santos</a> <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/Barco%20remarks%2007-20-05.doc" target="blanK" >Carolina Barco</a>
Briefing with Ambassador <b>Andrés Valencia</b>, former facilitator of a peace dialogue between the Government of Colombia and Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). Remarks are available in <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/Valencia_discurso.pdf">spanish</a>.
A briefing by The Honorable <b>William B. Wood</b>, United States Ambassador to Colombia. <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/Wood_Transcript_WWC_6-14-05.doc">Read the full transcript of Ambassador Wood's speech.</a>
In July 2003, the government of President Álvaro Uribe took the unprecedented step of opening formal peace talks with the AUC. Although close to 900 paramilitary fighters demobilized last year, issues such as paramilitary involvement in drug trafficking and accountability for human rights abuses have raised controversy in Colombia and abroad. The Wilson Center conference aims to explore key issues in the Government-AUC peace talks, the prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement, and the key challenges ahead. <br><br>Video of both the Director's Forum and the Panel discussion is available here. <br><br>Summaries of both the Director's Forum and the Panel discussion are available in the Summary section.
During 2003, both the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program published major studies of economic and social conditions in Colombia and the causes and consequences of conflict, including policy recommendations for sustainable and equitable growth and development as well as reform. The World Bank's 900-plus page study, Colombia: The Economic Foundation of Peace, and the United Nations Development Program's human development report, El conflicto: callejón con salida, offer comprehensive diagnoses of the relationship between violence and civil conflict, detailing, among other issues, the human costs of the war, the crisis of the rural sector, and offering recommendations for macroeconomic and social policy reform.
Held just over one year after President Álvaro Uribe took office, this conference was designed to evaluate the political, military, economic, and social policies of the Uribe government and their contribution to the possibility of a peaceful settlement of Colombia's internal conflict.
<b>Colombian President Álvaro Uribe</b> spoke at a September 24, 2002, breakfast co-sponsored by the Latin American Program, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America, and the Heritage Foundation.
Lead Article: Paths to Regional Integration - The Case of Mercosur
Lead Article: Brazil at the Wilson Center
Lead Article: U.S. Policy and the Peace Process in Colombia.