April 2024

Iván Duque, former president of Colombia, presents at “Security and Democracy in Latin America”

At the conference “Security and Democracy in Latin America”, organised by La Otra Mirada on Wednesday, April 24, Iván Duque, who was President of Colombia between 2018 and 2022, highlighted the challenges facing Latin American democracies on issues such as migration, border control and organised crime.
The event was also marked by a tribute to the work of the late former president Sebastián Piñera, with his widow, Cecilia Morel, and daughters in attendance. There, Duque highlighted the guidelines that he believes Latin American countries should follow so as not to lose the fight against crime. “Today we have a phenomenon of organised crime like we have never seen in the region,” he noted, adding that these transnational gangs own arms networks, launder money through crypto-assets, recruit young people to prevent them from facing justice, and are present in countries that had never before dealt with this phenomenon.
Faced with this scenario, the former president proposed a series of ideas to confront transnational organised crime, mainly under the concept that “the public force is one”, meaning that the Armed Forces and the police must work in a coordinated manner to deal with this threat. The idea is to have “articulated intelligence, hand-in-hand tactical work, and joint task groups and commands.”

Private meeting with Iván Duque at Galería Carroza

On Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., businessmen, executives, politicians and opinion leaders had the privilege of speaking privately with the former president of Colombia, Iván Duque and 50 other people.
During the meeting, organised by La Otra Mirada, Duque was interviewed by Isabel Aninat, Dean of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez’s Law School, with whom he addressed matters such as the challenges of confronting organised crime and his geopolitical vision.
Duque stated that one of the main risks in Latin America is the “perception of those who believe that these phenomena will never reach our countries. And it turns out that when they least expect it, they already have a territorial presence.” In this case, he exemplified the ramification that the Venezuelan gang “Tren de Aragua” has had.
Likewise, he highlighted the need for modern laws “that vindicate the power of the public force,” including improving the remuneration of police officers who are on the streets.
He also asserted that security is essential for investment, and generates economic growth and confidence. “I don’t know a single country in the world that has managed to progress without entrepreneurship and trust in the private world,” he highlighted, noting that “Chile is at the right moment to involve the private sector in this non-partisan structure, because if this deteriorates, it indiscriminately affects the entire population,” he concluded.
Among the attendees were Marcela Cubillos, Cristóbal Lira, Rodrigo Galilea, Mario Desbordes, Cristián Pizarro, David Gallagher, Alberto Espina, Roberto Izikson, José Antonio Silva, Claudio Hohmann, Andrés Benítez, Bernardo Fontaine, Karen Thal, Rodrigo Ubilla and Felipe Larraín.