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United States, Colombia Launch New Economic and Security Initiative

August 25, 2020

Episode Notes:

On August 17, an American delegation led by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien travelled to Colombia to visit President Iván Duque and launch the United States-Colombia Growth Initiative (or “Colombia Crece”). The program is being billed as a bilateral effort focused on “rural development, infrastructure expansion, security, and the rule of law.” Washington considers Colombia a key security partner in Latin America. The new initiative comes two decades after the launch of Plan Colombia, a controversial program in which the United States supported Colombia’s efforts against the FARC, a left-wing insurgent group, and drug-trafficking.

Michael Weintraub — an associate professor in the Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo and director of the Security and Violence Area of the Center for the Study of Security and Drugs at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia — joins the Warcast to discuss the security challenges facing Colombia and U.S.-Colombian defense ties.

 

[ 01:16 ] How much do we know about “Colombia Crece” and what it means for U.S.-Colombian ties?

[ 05:59 ] What are the most pressing security challenges in Colombia and how have they been affected by COVID-19?

[ 10:04 ] To what extent does U.S. security assistance help Colombia address those challenges?

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