Uribe, a staunch ally of President Bush, is meeting some resistance from lawmakers over a free-trade agreement because of the potential loss of U.S. jobs and continuing paramilitary violence in the country.
Peter DeShazo, director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs under President Bush. He also worked for the U.S. Foreign Service as deputy U.S. permanent representative to the Organization of American States.
Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli specializes on Colombia and Haiti at the Washington Office on Latin America, which promotes human rights, democracy and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also was the U.S. representative for Peace Brigades International's Colombia Project and a senior research analyst at the Brookings Institution-Johns Hopkins SAIS Project on Internal Displacement.
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