Former Colombian President Iván Duque (2018-2022) will begin work this fall as a distinguished member of the Wilson Centera laboratory of ideas (“think tank”) based in Washington, where he will investigate population displacement, the climate crisis and democracy.
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“We are proud to welcome the Wilson Center and benefit from their ideas and experience,” said the organization’s director, Mark Green, in a statement on Tuesday to announce the incorporation of the former president.
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Iván Duque, relieved in power last Sunday by the leftist Gustavo Petro, already lived in the US capital when he represented Colombia before the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) between 2001 and 2013.
The Wilson Center reported that the Duque research areas will be the response to population displacement, actions against the climate crisis, the strengthening of democratic values and economic progress.
Green said that the former Colombian president “has impressed the world with his leadership on many fronts, from the defense of democracy to the protection of diversity and the fight against climate change, and his compassion with the millions of Venezuelans who fled from the tyranny “.
The Wilson Center, founded in 1968 in honor of former US President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), is an independent institute that studies national and international affairs.
Duque concluded his term on August 7 with a favorable image of 44.4 percent, according to a survey conducted by EcoAnalítica and Guarumo. While his unfavorable score was 49.1 and there was a 6.5 that he said he did not know or did not answer.
Among Duque’s successes, the Temporary Protection Statute for Venezuelans and the handling of the covid-19 pandemic stand out. while failures in the implementation of peace and the deterioration of security are its main failures.
*With information from Efe
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