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Amid the third peak of the pandemic, over 400,000 people took to the streets in Colombia to protest a now-withdrawn tax-reform bill proposed by the government to address the country’s economic crisis. In some cities, protests were permeated by criminal acts, vandalism, and blockades. What steps is the Colombian government taking to address social and political tensions? How will Colombia stabilize its fiscal deficit and public debt? How can the United States support its longstanding ally at this critical moment?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Wednesday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT), as we delve into the political, economic, and social situation in Colombia and explore how the United States can support Colombia in the short, medium, and long term.

The event will take place in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish.

Agenda

State of Affairs and Strategies Moving Forward

Adriana Mejía Hernández
Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Colombia

The Future of US-Colombia Relations Pt. I

Congressman Ruben Gallego
Representative (D-AZ), U.S. House of Representatives;
Member, Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force

Perspectives of US-Colombia Task Force Members

Members of the Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force will provide an on-the-ground perspective on the situation in Colombia

Muni Jensen
Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group;
Member, Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force

Andrés Cadena
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company;
Member, Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force

The Future of US-Colombia Relations Pt. I

Congressman Dan Crenshaw
Representative (R-TX), U.S. House of Representatives
Member, Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force

Moderators

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

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

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. Select lines of programming include: Venezuela’s crisis; Mexico-US and global ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Central America’s trajectory; Caribbean development; commercial patterns shifts; energy resources; and disinformation.