Álvaro Uribe Velez

Monday, October 08, 2012

Álvaro Uribe Velez, president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, talks about leading the country’s transformation from a “failed state,” besieged by drug kingpins, terrorist groups, and extreme poverty into a far more peaceful, stable, modern democracy. His book No Lost Causes  reveals how President Uribe dealt with the FARC, restored the rule of law across the country, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at dealings with various world leaders.


Álvaro Uribe Velez

Comments [11]

John C from NY, NY

I guess do to time constraints, not all subject were covered. But overall really a good interview--- and I didn't always agree with Uribe's policies, but then again politics is an ugly business, and Colombia was in a really bad position.

Is there a Spanish version of this version somewhere? I'm just afraid the people who really need to hear this, will miss out due to a full English content.

Oct. 08 2012 01:55 PM
anderson araujo from Mt Vernon, NY

Could you please ask him to comment on the economic and vibrant comeback of the city of Meddelin, which is becoming a hub for technology industry in South America. HP has its headquarters for South America there.
We need to also comment the good and positive news coming out of Colombia, tech is a good alternative to Coca.

Oct. 08 2012 01:54 PM
Leo from New York

Ask him why was the DAS (colombian FBI) closed after
his "successful" and transparent administration. Also
why was it that El Dorado airport (mayn in the country) was
not awarded in a bid but by decree? also how come his kids
are multimillionaires now...?

Oct. 08 2012 01:44 PM
Leo from New York

Please ask Mr. Uribe to explain the "false positive" scandal.
He has refused to do so in Colombia... maybe you have better

Oct. 08 2012 01:40 PM
Aponte L from New York

Please ask Mr. Uribe to explain the "false positive" scandal.
He has refused to do so in Colombia... maybe you have better

Oct. 08 2012 01:33 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

President Uribe favored the right wing paramilitary groups and corruption. There was no balance here.

Oct. 08 2012 01:28 PM
Enrique from New York

Will MR Uribe be willing to speak about his father's role in the creation for the paramilitary forces? He did not dismantle the Paras, he simply laid them off.
Uribe is to Colombia what Bush is to American civil liberties.

Oct. 08 2012 01:28 PM

Do they celebrate Columbus Day in Columbia?

Just asking....

Oct. 08 2012 01:26 PM
Rocio from NEW YORK

Please ask Uribe Velez about the many, many members of his government that are in the hands of the justice, or being under investigation. FOR CURRUPTION. María del Pilar Hurtado, is accused of spying and harassment of civilians (the bugs in everybody's in the opposition phone and more) she is a "political refugee" in Panama as the article could explain to you.
El ex presidente Alvaro Uribe "asumió pública y materialmente la defensa de la ex directora del DAS refugiada en Panamá actualmente". La estuvo visitando a fin de atemperarle los ánimos y que sienta que la está protegiendo. María del Pilar Hurtado, es acusada de espionaje y acoso a civiles. Uribe actúa

Oct. 08 2012 01:20 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

Some -in the other hand, and for obvious reasons- argue that Colombia is "The Israel" of Latin America. What's Mr. Uribe take on that?

What about the relationship between the rise in narco-trafficking,
and the heaviest presence of US troops in Colombia?

Besides continuing leading the production of cocaine in the world, analysts argue that there are now narcotraffickers in Colombia, that make Pablo Escobar look like a bum; and that the more US "helps" in logistics, trafficking becomes ever more abundant, just like in Afghanistan, where our presence is related to the non-stop production of heroine.

Oct. 08 2012 01:16 PM

Neo-terrorist group? As opposed to what? A paleo-terrorist group? I guess the USA isn't handing out piles of cash to fight Marxists anymore so gotta refactor those insurgent definitions to keep the imperial handouts flowing.

Oct. 08 2012 09:26 AM

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