Join us on June 13, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm for a lunch discussion on the Colombian presidential elections with expert analysis from Miguel Silva, international political consultant and former chief of staff to President César Gaviria, and Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and former political strategist. Before Sunday’s crucial vote, this briefing will address important questions about each candidate’s vision for the future of Colombia and what the election will mean for one of the region’s fastest growing nations.

On May 25th the first round of presidential elections surprised many observers. Center-right presidential candidate Oscar Iván Zuluaga outperformed incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos in the polls by 3.6 percent, leading to a runoff election on Sunday, June 15. President Santos staked his presidency – and, consequently, his campaign – on advancing peace talks with the FARC rebels. With the support of former President Álvaro Uribe, Zuluaga has been critical of these efforts.

Join us for a lunch discussion on the Colombian presidential elections with expert analysis from Miguel Silva, international political consultant and former chief of staff to President César Gaviria, and Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and former political strategist. Before Sunday’s crucial vote, this briefing will address important questions about each candidate’s vision for the future of Colombia and what the election will mean for one of the region’s fastest growing nations.


Opening remarks
Michael Shifter
President,
The Inter-American Dialogue
A discussion with
Miguel Silva
Political Strategist, Columnist, and Former Chief of Staff to President César Gaviria
Peter Schechter
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center,
Atlantic Council
Moderated by
Jason Marczak
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center,
Atlantic Council

Pre-registration is required to attend. Please email Rachel DeLevie-Orey at [email protected] to RSVP.