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Counterinsurgency, the FARC, and US-Colombian Relations: A Brief from the Colombian Ambassador

Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 11:30am - 1:00pm

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Counterinsurgency, the FARC, and US-Colombian Relations:
A Brief from the Colombian Ambassador

Amb. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno 
Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

Friday, April 8
11:30 AM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


Amb. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno will be interviewed by Christine Balling, a current IWP student and a Senior Fellow for Latin American Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C. They will discuss U.S./Colombian relations;  counterinsurgency “lessons learned” from the Colombian conflict; and implications that a signed peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian Government might have for Colombia and the region as a whole.

Amb ColombiaPrior to serving as Defense Minister, Amb. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno was Chief of Staff to President Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2011) and Vice Minister of Defense (2006-2009). In 2011 the World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader. In addition to his longstanding dedication to advancing national and regional defense issues in Colombia, he has specialized in economics, public policy and strategic studies. He has also held positions as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank, Vice President of the Colombian Banking Association, Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Citibank, Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Finance, and Economist for Colombia at Citigroup. Pinzón taught economics at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad de Los Andes. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Pinzón received an honorable mention for his outstanding academic performance while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He holds a Master of Science in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and he was awarded a scholarship to receive his Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Pinzón also completed advanced courses in international relations and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, and in science and technology at Harvard University.