Colombia's Historic Moment

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | CBC 354

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For more than a half century, Colombia suffered the effects of the violence generated by drug trafficking and insurgent groups - including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - to the extent that it was on the verge of becoming a failed state.

During the last 20 years, Colombia has achieved a dynamic economic, social and institutional transformation. The nation has also accomplished what seemed impossible: putting an end to the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere.

Juan Carlos Pinzon is Ambassador of Colombia to the United States and Colombia's former Minister of Defense. As Minister, he is credited with leading the Armed Forces in degrading the capabilities, structure and leadership of the FARC and the ELN - critical elements of President Juan Manuel Santos' Peace Strategy. Under his leadership the military was modernized and a transformative 20-year plan was put in place. The model led to Colombia's becoming an exporter of security expertise to over 60 nations.

Ambassador Pinzon will discuss the transformation that has taken place in the country and the challenges of implementing the Peace Process and sustaining economic growth.

For more information on this event, contact (305) 348-2894