A New Era for U.S.-Colombia Relations

By Cynthia J. Arnson

Intense White House outreach reflects an uncertain path forward.

After leftist Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s presidential runoff on June 19, top U.S. officials have hastened to embrace him. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted his congratulations on election night and called Petro the next day. Within 48 hours of Petro’s victory, President Joe Biden also placed a call, emphasizing U.S. support for Colombia and the desire “to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation.” Fully two weeks before Petro’s inauguration, the White House dispatched a high-level delegation to Bogotá, including Biden’s principal deputy national security...

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