Apologies for the lack of updates to the blog. I’m writing from BogotÃ¡, where I’ll be speaking later today at a conference on defense and security. It’s not my usual crowd, most of those in attendance are from Colombia’s armed forces. I’ve been having a lot of respectful but lively debates with fellow conference participants about issues like human rights and the role of the United States.
Later in the week, I plan to go to a region that has become a principal destination for U.S. assistance. More on that later after my plans solidify. I will post updates to this space whenever possible.
In the meantime, here is a picture from my seat in the conference I’m attending. In the shot I can identify the head of Colombia’s Army, Gen. Oscar GonzÃ¡lez (second from left), the mayor of BogotÃ¡, Samuel Moreno (4th from left), Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos (6th from right), French Ambassador Jean-Michel Marlaud (5th from right), Armed Forces Chief Gen. Freddy Padilla (4th from right), and Police Chief Gen. Oscar Naranjo (right).