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Allies: Twenty-seven bold ideas to reimagine the US-Colombia relationship

Date & Time

Jun. 1, 2022
7:30pm – 9:00pm ET


On June 19, 2022, the United States and Colombia will celebrate two hundred years of bilateral relations. In the past two decades, the US-Colombia partnership has safeguarded key US interests in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and positioned Colombia as an increasingly prosperous democracy. As the bicentennial of the bilateral relationship approaches, the United States and Colombia have a unique opportunity to come together to define what the US-Colombia partnership could accomplish for years to come.

Join the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (COT) for a public discussion on the future of US-Colombia ties. The event will also launch the book, Allies: Twenty-Seven Bold Ideas to Reimagine the US-Colombia Relationship.

Opening remarks

Fred Kempe, President and CEO Atlantic Council

Panel discussion

Minister Carolina Barco, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Colombia; Former Ambassador of Colombia to the United States; Member, US-Colombia Task Force Atlantic Council

Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, US National Security Council

Minister Maria Claudia Lacouture, Executive Director, Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce; President, Alianza de Asociaciones y Gremios; Former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Republic of Colombia; Member, US-Colombia Task Force Atlantic Council

Ambassador Kevin Whitaker, Former US Ambassador to Colombia; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center; Member, US-Colombia Task Force Atlantic Council

In conversation with

Jason Marczak, Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Atlantic Council

Cynthia J. Arnson, Distinguished Fellow, Latin American Program Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Essay excerpt reading

STEM and the arts

Leila Cobo, Author, Novelist; Vice President, Latin Industry Lead, Billboard

Keynote remarks

H.E. Iván Duque, President Republic of Colombia

H.E. Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

Introduction by

Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair; Founder, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council

Closing Remarks 

Ambassador Mark Green, President, Director, & CEO, Wilson Center

Hosted By

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 policy 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

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