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Colombian President Ivan Duque and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Colombia’s president juggles Venezuela, Trump and a shaky coalition

Ivan Duque, in office since August 2018, has a thankless job as president of Colombia. The ruling coalition is frail. The historic 2016 accord to end the country’s 50 year-long civil war has proven difficult to implement and controversial to most citizens. The problem of millions of people displaced and disenfranchised in that war is compounded by waves of new refugees arriving from Venezuela. And a rise in coca cultivation displeases Washington. Signals from the country’s resilient economy, however, remain positive.

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