Will Colombia Make Peace With Its Peace Deal?

As the first Colombian election after the historic signing of the peace deal approaches, the good news is that the conflict has blessedly ended, but the implementation of the accord has been complicated and contentious. It does not help that the political establishment stands fractured and discredited. The risk is that the country’s unsettled politics could upend the peace.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

Leftist Gustavo Petro celebrated with his running mate, Francia Márquez, after their ticket received the most votes in the first round of Sunday’s presidential election in Colombia. They will face populist Rodolfo Hernández in the second round. // Photo: Petro Campaign.

Which Candidate Has the Edge in Colombia’s Runoff?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the upcoming presidential runoff elections in Colombia.

Michael Shifter, Sergio Guzmán, Silvana Amaya, Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli

Latin America Advisor ˙


Análisis de la primera vuelta electoral en Colombia

En este episodio de Club de Prensa, Juan Carlos Iragorri contó con la participación de Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano; Raquel Godos, corresponsal de EFE; Alina Dieste, periodista de la agencia ‘France Presse’; Cynthia Arnson, directora para Latinoamérica – Wilson Center. Los participantes analizaron los resultados de la primera vuelta elector en Colombia y lo que se puede esperar para la segunda vuelta. 

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos Iragorri

Interviews ˙ ˙ Club de Prensa

Gustavo Petro was elected Colombia’s president on Sunday and celebrated victory with his running mate, Francia Márquez. // Photo: Facebook Page of Francia Márquez.

What Will Petro’s Presidency Mean for Colombia?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring viewpoints on the results of the Colombian presidential election.

Michael Shifter, Sergio Guzmán, Maria Velez de Berliner, Elizabeth Dickinson, Laura Carlsen, Marco Molina, Sashe Dimitroff

Latin America Advisor ˙


Colombia’s Choice: Duque vs Petro

On June 7, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event titled “Colombia’s Choice: Duque vs Petro”. The conversation analyzed the results of the first round of the election which propelled Iván Duque of the Centro Democrático party and Gustavo Petro of Colombia Humana into the second round of the presidential race. Participants also discussed what to expect on and after the second round of the presidential race.

Beryl Seiler

Event Summaries ˙

Crises in Venezuela & the Path Forward for Colombia

Host Ray Offenheiser and guest Michael Shifter, the president of Inter-American Dialogue, discuss the economic and political crises in Venezuela, as well as the upcoming elections and path forward for peace in Colombia.

Michael Shifter, Ray Offenheiser

Podcasts ˙ ˙ University of Notre Dame

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Uncertainty in Latin America: A Political Outlook

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, sits down with Latinvex to answer important questions as three major economies in Latin America – Brazil, Chile, and Colombia – approach presidential elections and other countries face crises and protests. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Latinvex

Photo of Panelists Video

Great Expectations: Colombian Energy Policy under Petro

As part of his energy and climate campaign promises, Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro’s intention to halt oil exploration and pilot fracking projects and accelerate the transition to renewable energy raises questions about the direction of energy policy in the country.

Simón Ladino Cano

Event Summaries ˙

Shifter in his office

El camino incierto de América Latina

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, conversó con Giselda Lópezlenci de El Comercio sobre las elecciones en Colombia y Brasil, así como las expectativas del nuevo gobierno electo de Gabriel Boric en Chile.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ El Comercio

Photo of Gustavo Petro, who takes office Sunday as Colombia’s president, could make changes to Colombian policy in areas including trade and anti-drug efforts. // File Photo: @petrogustavo via Twitter.

Will Colombia-U.S. Relations Change Under Petro?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring viewpoints on how Colombia-U.S. relations could change under Colombia’s new president, Gustavo Petro.

Michael Shifter, Sergio Guzmán, Maria Velez de Berliner, Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli

Latin America Advisor ˙

Shifter and Alegret Video

Desafíos para América Latina en el 2022

América Latina termino el año 2021 convulsa, em medio de la pandemia y con un ciclo electoral que reconfigura el mapa geopolítico de la región. Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, conversa con Gustau Alegret en su program Cuestión de Poder de NTN24 sobre los desafíos económicos, la pandemia del Covid-19 y las elecciones en Colombia y Brasil. 

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24