A Townhall with Colombian Vice-Presidential Candidates: What’s next for the United States’ close regional ally?
As a close U.S. ally in the region, Colombia’s competitive May 29 presidential elections will undoubtedly have important implications for the longstanding bilateral relationship. The next Colombian administration will face a host of issues, including ongoing security challenges; the implementation of the 2016 FARC peace accord; opportunities for private sector investment, infrastructure development and poverty alleviation; counternarcotics efforts; urban unrest and strikes; climate change and the environment; and Colombia’s relations with neighboring Venezuela. At a townhall event, Colombia’s principal vice-presidential candidates — who represent Colombia’s rich and dynamic political spectrum — will discuss their respective policy plans to address these challenges and visions for the country’s future.
The Equipo por Colombia coalition has opted to organize a separate subsequent visit to Washington with its presidential candidate Federico Gutiérrez. However, Vice-Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Lara may still contribute virtually to this townhall.
Please join the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center for this townhall, which will provide the opportunity for the candidates to answer questions from the audience and clarify campaign positions for both the broader Washington policy community as well as the Colombian diaspora.
Francia Márquez, Vice-Presidential Candidate, Pacto Histórico (Candidate: Gustavo Petro)
Luis Gilberto Murillo, Vice-Presidential Candidate, Centro Esperanza (Candidate: Sergio Fajardo)
Steve Hege, Deputy Director, Latin America Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
Cynthia Arnson, Distinguished Fellow, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Jason Marczak, Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council
Latin American Program
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