The U.S.-Colombian Bilateral Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities for the Duque Administration


Since 1999, the U.S.-Colombian relationship has privileged multiple objectives, from the fight against drug trafficking, to the extension of the state’s legitimate presence throughout the national territory, the consolidation of peace, and the provision of security training and expertise to third countries.  President Iván Duque was one of a handful of heads of state to meet with President Donald Trump on the margins of the UN General Assembly, and the Duque administration has reached out to senior U.S. officials and members of Congress from both parties to continue and deepen the bipartisan cooperation that has characterized bilateral relations. 

While the recent surge in coca production in Colombia has attracted headlines, what other priorities does the Duque government hope to advance?  How can the United States and Colombia continue to cooperate to advance security, economic, and development interests, including in rural areas?  What are the next steps in implementing the peace agreement? 

Please join us on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., for a discussion with Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos, who presented his credentials to the White House in September 2018.


H.E. Francisco Santos 
Ambassador of Colombia to the United States 

Cynthia Arnson 
Director, Latin American Program
Woodrow Wilson Center