Colombia: What’s Next For the Peace Agenda


On October 13th, Amb. Roger Noriega, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States & Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere, discussed recent developments in Colombia, including the fallout of the peace deal referendum in Colombia and the future of the peace negotiations between the Colombian Government and FARC leaders. June Beittel from the Congressional Research Service moderated the discussion.

This event was the first in a three-part series on foreign policy during this political transition. The following two events will focus on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ambassador Roger Noriega

Roger NoriegaAmbassador Noriega was the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2003 to 2005, where he was responsible for managing U.S. foreign policy and promoting U.S. interests in the region. Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Noriega served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States from 2001 to 2003. While at the OAS, he worked with hemispheric leaders to strengthen democracy, advance human rights, foster economic integration and promote peace and security throughout the Western Hemisphere. Before his appointment to the OAS, Ambassador Noriega was a senior staff member for the Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. Senate. From 1994 to 1997 he was a senior staff member for the Committee on International Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives.

June Beittel

June S. Beittel is an Analyst in Latin American Affairs with the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress.  Her work concentrates on U.S. relations with Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay and she covers drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico, climate change and clean energy, and other political and economic issues in the region. Previously she directed outreach programs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and developed programs for local officials in the United States, on the U.S.-Mexico border, and in other countries during her tenure as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MA from Colombia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She was a Public Affairs Fellow with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco, California.

This was the 33rd event in the USIP/PSA Congressional Briefing Series – Topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention, an educational program designed to provide congressional staff with opportunities to engage leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums. The program aims to build cross-party relationships, encourage bipartisan dialogue, and equip staff with new perspectives on critical issues in international conflict, resolution and prevention.