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Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Colombia is pioneering a new model for integrating migrants and refugees. Will it work?

Colombian President Iván Duque announced that he will grant temporary protection status to Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia. It is a herculean task, and the country will encounter two major challenges.

New Atlanticist by Camila Hernandez

Colombia Latin America

Wed, Nov 25, 2020

What a Biden presidency means for US-Colombia relations

On repeated occasions, President-elect Biden has characterized Colombia as the “keystone” of US foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, maintaining that, if elected president, restoring the alliance between the United States and Colombia will be among his top foreign policy priorities.

New Atlanticist by Camila Hernandez and Daniel Payares-Montoya

Colombia Corruption

Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Mind the gap: Reducing gender gaps will foster long-term economic prosperity in Colombia

Significant lags in women’s economic and political empowerment remain in countries like Colombia. Having closed educational attainment and health and survival gaps almost entirely, the country still faces important gender gaps in economic participation and opportunity (a gap of 26.5 percent) and in political empowerment (a gap of 68.2 percent). If Colombia doubles-down on its efforts to close these gaps, numerous economic and social benefits will follow.

New Atlanticist by Camila Hernandez

Colombia Economy & Business

Camila Hernandez is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she leads projects on Colombia. During her time at the Council, Camila has managed the Center’s US-Colombia Task Force, a bilateral, bipartisan and bicameral initiative co-chaired by Senators Roy Blunt and Ben Cardin. She has co-authored reports and Op-Eds on the US-Colombia strategic partnership and coordinated events with high-level policymakers, business leaders, and civil society members in both Colombia and the United States. She provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Colombia to major media outlets, including Foreign Policy, Voice of America, and El Pais (Cali, Colombia).

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Camila was a Helms Fellow at the World Resources Institute, where she used STATA to study trends in the ownership of forest concessions in the Congo Basin. She also worked as Business Analyst at Tuatara Group LLC, an engineering, financing, trade promotion, and project development advisory firm.

Camila has a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Government form Georgetown University. Originally from Colombia, she is a native Spanish- and English-speaker, and fluent in French.