Independent Task Force on Peace and Security in Colombia

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The Independent Task Force on Peace and Security in Colombia was sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, and they produced the following report: "Toward Greater Peace and Security in Colombia: Forging a Constructive U.S. Policy", Independent Task Force on Columbia, October 2000.

In 2000, Michael Shifter directed the independent task force on US policy towards Colombia, organized by the Dialogue and the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chaired by Senator Bob Graham (D-Fl) and former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft.

Task Force Members

  • Elliott Abrams - is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Formerly, he was assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs.
  • Stanley S. Arkin - is a partner and distinguished civil rights lawyer at Arkin Kaplan and Cohen LLP.
  • Cynthia Arnson - is assistant director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  • Bernard Aronson - is managing partner of ACON Investments LLC and served as assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs.
  • Joyce Chang - is managing director of emerging markets research at Chase Securities.
  • Robert Charles - is president of Direct Impact LLC and former chief of staff for the U.S. House National Security Subcommittee.
  • Mike Dewine - is a member of the U. S. Senate (R-Ohio). He serves on the Senate's Judiciary Committee, the Senate's Drug Caucus, and is a former member of the House International Relations Committee.
  • Jorge I. Dominguez - is the Clarence Dillon professor of international relations and director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
  • Mathea Falco - a lawyer, is president of Drug Strategies, a nonprofit research institute in Washington, DC. She served as assistant secretary of state for international narcotics matters and chairs this year's Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on Colombia based in San Francisco.
  • J. Samuel Fitch - is a professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Sergio J. Galvis - is a partner at Sullivan and Cromwell, where he coordinates the firm's Latin American practice.
  • Michael Gavin - is executive director of economic and financial research for Latin America at Warburg Dillon Read.
  • Charles Gillespie - is resident senior fellow at the Forum for International Policy. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Colombia.
  • Richard Haass - is vice president and director of the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution. He was special assistant to President Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.
  • Henry Allen Holmes - is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and former assistant secretary of defense.
  • James R. Jones - is chairman of the U.S. Council of the Mexico-U.S. Business Committee, counsel at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and former ambassador to Mexico.
  • George Joulwan - is a retired general and former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Southern Command.
  • Anthony W. Lake - is distinguished professor of diplomacy in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously, he served as national security adviser to President Clinton.
  • Abraham F. Lowenthal - is president of the Pacific Council on International Policy at the University of Southern California. He was founding executive director of the Inter-American Dialogue and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.
  • Thomas F. Mclarty III - is vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates and former White House chief of staff.
  • Thomas Mcnamara - is president of the Americas Society and former U.S. ambassador to Colombia.
  • Ambler H. Moss, Jr. - is director of the Dante B. Fascell North-South Center at the University of Miami. Previously, he served as U.S. ambassador to Panama.
  • Lilia L. Ramirez - is a retired naval officer and congressional relations director for Navy and Marine Corps programs at the Raytheon Corporation.
  • Ervin J. Rokke - is president of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a former career officer in the U.S. Air Force.
  • David J. Rothkopf - is chairman and chief executive officer of the Intellibridge Corporation and adjunct professor of international affairs at Columbia University. Previously, he served as managing director of Kissinger Associates and as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy.
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - is lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. Previously, she was deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Viron P. Vaky - is senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. Formerly, he was assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs and U.S. ambassador to Colombia.
  • Alexander F. Watson - is vice president and executive director of the international conservation program at the Nature Conservancy. Formerly, he was assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs.