Colombia: Hostage Rescue & What Lies Ahead


On July 2, Colombian military intelligence and Special Forces liberated 3 U.S. hostages, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, and 11 Colombian police and soldiers who had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia for as many as 11 years. Please join The Americas Project at the Center for American Progress as it hosts Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos for a discussion of the hostage rescue mission and other recent severe blows against the FARC and their implications for efforts to bring Colombia’s long history of illegal armed conflict to a close.

Introduction by:

Dan Restrepo, Director, The Americas Project, at the Center for American Progress

Distinguished Speaker:

Juan Manuel Santos, Minister of National Defense of Colombia


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.