A Conversation with Juan Manuel Santos

The Dialogue’s Board of Directors met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos moments before his White House meeting with US President Barack Obama and ahead of the Board’s biannual meeting. Participants discussed the wide-ranging challenges facing Colombia, the region, and inter-American relations. The conversation was closed and off-the-record.

“President Santos made it clear how much is at stake for Colombia, and the hemisphere, in the peace process underway between the government and the FARC,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Dialogue.

Santos, who had served as co-vice chair of the Dialogue’s Board, remains a member on leave.

The evening before the meeting, the Dialogue’s Board joined Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC for a dinner celebrating advances in Mexico-US relations and welcoming former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo as the organization’s Latin America co-chair.

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