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Vail Sympoisum: Is Colombia a powder keg?

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VAIL, Colorado “-Vail Symposium’s Active Minds Series continues with a look at a nation the United States has had difficult relations with, largely due to drug trade.

Colombia will be the topic discussed Wednesday by Active Minds co-founder John Henderson at the Singletree Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Like all Active Minds presentations, the event is free to the public.

The focus of the program will be the war on drugs, the impact of the Obama administration on relations, and bilateral trade between the United States and Colombia.

Currently, 90 percent of the cocaine in the United States comes from Colombia. The United States has spent over $3 billion in the last five years in an effort to wipe coca and poppy crops in Colombia. It’s the biggest foreign spending program outside of the Middle East and the war on terror, but has been largely unsuccessful in stemming the flow of drugs.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was one of President Bush’s closest allies in South America. In November 2006, the Bush administration signed a free trade agreement with Colombia, despite strong objections from many congressional Democrats.

Henderson will also look at where Colombia fits within the U.S.’s relations with other countries in Central and South America, particularly Cuba and the leftist government in Venezuela.

What: Vail Symposium’s Active Minds presents Colombia: A Powder Keg?

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Singletree Community Center in Edwards

Cost: Free

More information: call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org