A Conversation with The Honorable Juan Carlos Pinzón
The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, The Latin American Studies Program, and The Master of International Economics and Finance Program present:
A Conversation with The Honorable Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to the United States
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Riordan Roett, Professor and Director of the Latin American Studies Program & Dr. Thomas Keaney, Associate Director of Strategic Studies.
Juan Carlos Pinzón presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the United States on August 3, 2015. Throughout his career, Pinzón has been a leader in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Pinzón served as Minister of Defense of Colombia for nearly four years. Under his leadership, the Armed Forces dealt the most severe blows to terrorist organizations – FARC and ELN – and Criminal Bands, highly degrading their capabilities, structure and leadership, which was critical to President Santos’ Peace Strategy. This resulted in improved security conditions throughout the country and the lowest homicide rate in 35 years. During his tenure, the Armed Forces’ equipment and training was modernized, the welfare of the men and women in uniform and their families was improved, and a transformation plan for the next 20 years was designed. Colombia also became an exporter of security expertise, aiding over 60 nations.
Prior to serving as Defense Minister, Pinzón was Chief of Staff to President Juan Manuel Santos (2010–2011) and Vice Minister of Defense (2006-2009). In 2011 the World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader. He holds a Master of Science in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and he was awarded a scholarship to receive his Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Pinzón also completed advanced courses in international relations and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, and in science and technology at Harvard University.
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The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036