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Waging Peace:  Colombia


Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum

The Carter Center and the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) initiated a dialogue forum among the five Andean countries (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia) and the United States in 2010.  The purpose of the Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum, an 18-month series of dialogue sessions held in both the United States and the Andean region, was to:

  • Identify a common agenda for the six countries,
  • Address misperceptions and misunderstandings between countries,
  • Propose innovative solutions to problematic issues, and
  • Explore the possibility of bilateral dialogues between pairs of countries with tense relations within the forum.

Members of the Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum met four times in Atlanta, Ga.; Lima, Peru;
Washington, D.C.; and again in Lima.

Read more about The Carter Center/International IDEA-sponsored Andean U.S. Dialogue Forum >

Read more about media dialogue sessions between Colombian, Venezuelan, and U.S. >


Resolving Conflict

The Carter Center, together with the United Nations Development Program, supported the work of a dialogue group of distinguished citizens from Colombia and Ecuador to improve relations between the two countries beggining in September 2007.

When Colombia and Ecuador broke diplomatic relations on March 3, 2008, after a Colombian military attack on a FARC rebel camp inside Ecuador's sovereign territory, The Carter Center began working with the two nations to facilitate communication between them and encourage the resumption of relations.  On June 6, 2008, the presidents of both countries accepted a proposal from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to renew diplomatic relations at the level of chargé d 'affaires, immediately and without preconditions.Read full text >


Urging a Moratorium on Arms Sales

Although Latin America spends relatively less on defense than most other regions, expenditures on expensive weapons systems divert scarce foreign exchange from more effective investments and compel neighbors to spend more on defense and, by doing so, generate international tensions. Concerned about an arms race in Latin America, the Carter Center's Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas urged governments in the region to pause before embarking on major arms purchases. Between April 1997 and March 1998, 28 current and 14 former heads of government signed a pledge to accept a moratorium of two years on purchasing sophisticated weapons. Among the signatories was Colombia President Ernesto Samper Pizano.

Learn more about the Carter Center's Americas Program >


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Colombia President Álvaro Uribe meets with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Ga., on Aug. 17, 2008.