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Allies: Twenty-Seven Bold Ideas to Reimagine the US-Colombia Relationship

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After two decades of a transformative partnership under the Plan Colombia framework, our countries’ relationship is at a critical moment. This moment opens the door for a reimagined U.S. partnership with Colombia based on a shared vision for a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future.

This book is intended to advance the next phase of the U.S.-Colombia relationship. In a rapidly changing world, the following chapters present a roadmap for a new type of engagement that challenges our ambitions and extends the ties that bind our countries. 

Contributors

Carolina Barco

Carolina Barco

Ambassador of Colombia to the United States (2006-2010); Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (2002-2007)
Michael R. Bloomberg

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chair, Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI)
Roy Blunt

Roy Blunt

U.S. Senator of Missouri
Howard G. Buffett

Howard G. Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Paula Caballero

Paula Caballero

Regional Managing Director, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

(D-MD)
Diego Chaves

Diego Chaves-González

Senior Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, Migration Policy Institute
Rebecca Bill Chavez

Dr. Rebecca Bill Chavez

President and CEO, Inter-American Dialogue
Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Former President, United States of America
Leila Cobo

Leila Cobo

VP, Latin Industry Lead, Billboard
Rosario Córdoba Garces

Rosario Córdoba Garces

President, Consejo Privado de Competitividad
Paula Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Alejandro Eder

Alejandro Eder

Former Director FDI Pacífico, Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral del Pacífico
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Admiral Craig S. Faller

Former Commander, U.S. Southern Command
Elizabeth Ferris

Elizabeth Ferris

Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
Sarah Gammage

Sarah Gammage

Director of Public Policy/Government Relations, Latin America The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
John B. Gnatt

John B. Gnatt

President, The International Conservation Caucus Foundation
Ambassador Mark Green

Ambassador Mark Green

President, Director, & CEO, Wilson Center
Vicki Hollub

Vicki Hollub

President and Chief Executive Officer, Occidental Petroleum
Frederick Kempe

Frederick Kempe

President and CEO, the Atlantic Council
María Claudia Lacouture

María Claudia Lacouture

Executive Director, Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce    
John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Actor, Director, and Producer
María Victoria Llorente

María Victoria Llorente

Fundación Ideas para la Paz
The Honorable Michael McCaul (R-TX)

The Honorable Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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P. Michael McKinley

Former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia
Mack McLarty

Thomas "Mack" McLarty

Chairman, McLarty Associates; Former Chief of Staff, President Bill Clinton
Gregory W. Meeks

Gregory W. Meeks

Representative, New York 5th District
Luis Alberto Moreno

Luis Alberto Moreno

Former President, Inter-American Development Bank 
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General (ret.) David Petraeus

Co-Chair, Wilson Center Global Advisory Council; Frmr Commander, U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan 
Juan Carlos Pinzón

Juan Carlos Pinzón

Colombian Ambassador to the United States
Ana María Porras

Ana María Porras

Biomedical Engineer, University of Florida
Andrew Selee

Andrew Selee

Former Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute;
President, Migration Policy Institute
David Shedd

David R. Shedd

Former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Davis Institute for National Security, Heritage Foundation
Kiron K. Skinner

Kiron K. Skinner

Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics, Pepperdine School of Public Policy; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department
Sandra Valenzuela

Sandra Valenzuela

Chief Executive Officer, WWF Colombia
Carlos Vives

Carlos Vives

Singer, Songwriter, and Actor
Kevin Whitaker

Kevin Whitaker

Consultant, Whitaker Insights LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia

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