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Colombia Elections Outlook: Challenges for the Next Administration

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 9, 2018



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Colombians head to the polls on May 27 to pick a new president. Regardless of who wins the likely runoff in June, though, the incoming administration will face a unique period in the country's history. The peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has granted much needed stability, however, its implementation remains a challenge, and the country is deeply polarized. Panelists will analyze the main economic, security, and political challenges the new government will need to confront, taking into consideration the platforms of each presidential candidate. Join a group of experts as they discuss the country’s outlook in 2018 and beyond.

Check out our guide to Colombia's 2018 elections.

  • Richard Francis, Director of Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings
  • Diego García-Devis, Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
  • Muni Jensen, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Adriana La Rotta, Senior Director, Media Relations, Americas Society and Council of the Americas (moderator)

Registration: This event is complimentary for all AS, COA, Chairman’s Council, President Circle, and YPA members;
$15 for all nonmembers. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Rodrigo Riaza | | 1-212-277-8376
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
AS Individual Membership Information: Beckie Bintrim | | 1-212-277-8342
COA Corporate Membership Info: Natalia Williamson | | 1-212-277-8374
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

Richard Francis

Director of Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings

Richard Francis serves as director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings. Previously, he was director of sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor’s. Francis was also a research economist at Morgan Stanley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rice university and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. 

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Diego Garcia-Devis

Senior Program Officer, Global Drug Policy Program, The Open Society

Diego Garcia-Devis is a senior program officer for the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program overseeing the program’s Latin America portfolio. He is a Colombian political scientist with 15 years of experience analyzing, mediating, and monitoring the Colombian socio-political armed conflict. In 2008, Garcia-Devis was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the U.K. Foreign Office to pursue postgraduate studies at the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

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Muni Jensen

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Muni Jensen is a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Previously, she worked at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC, for six years, under Luis Alberto Moreno (current president of the Interamerican Development Bank), Andrés Pastrana (former president of Colombia), Carolina Barco (former foreign minister), and Gabriel Silva (former defense minister). During this time, Jensen was focused on congressional relations in the effort to ratify the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, as well as serving as press counselor and spokesperson for the embassy.

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Adriana La Rotta

Senior Director, Media Relations, Americas Society and Council of the Americas

Adriana La Rotta is responsible for the development and the implementation of the organizations' media strategy, as well as day-to-day engagement with news outlets and publications. She joined AS/COA in May 2012.

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