On June 19, 2022, the United States and Colombia will celebrate two hundred years of bilateral relations. Historically, Colombia has been an indispensable ally, serving as an anchor for US relations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and collaborating with the United States to address regional and global needs. The continuity of this prosperous relationship requires an innovative, bipartisan approach to Colombia’s pre-existing and COVID-related challenges.

What concrete steps could the United States take to support Colombia’s efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery? How will Colombia’s economic recovery contribute to shared security and regional stability? What is the road ahead for future US-Colombia cooperation?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Wednesday, December 8, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET for a virtual, public discussion on the future of US-Colombia ties with President Iván Duque, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Roy Blunt, and members of the US-Colombia Task Force. The event will also launch the third report of the US-Colombia Task Force, A Plan for Colombia’s COVID-19 Recovery and Why It Matters for the United States.

Opening remarks

Adrienne Arsht
Executive Vice Chair; Founder, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

Keynote Remarks

H.E. Iván Duque
Republic of Colombia

US-Colombia Cooperation Amid COVID-19 Challenges

H.E. Iván Duque
Republic of Colombia

Hon. Ben Cardin
United States Senator (D-MD)

Hon. Roy Blunt
United States Senator (R-MO)

With final comments from:
H.E. Juan Carlos Pinzón
Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

In conversation with

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Conversation with US-Colombia Task Force Members

Ambassador Kevin Whitaker
Former Ambassador of the United States to Colombia (2014-2019)

María Victoria Llorente
Executive Director
Fundación Ideas para la Paz

Muni Jensen
Senior Advisor
Albright Stonebridge Group

In conversation with

Camila Hernandez
Assistant Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Additional speakers to be announced.

Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations through high-impact work that shapes the conversation among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. The Center focuses on Latin America’s strategic role in a global context with a priority on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the trajectory of the region now and in the years ahead. 


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