As growth in the developed world has been slow to non-existent over the last three years, the emerging markets—particularly in Latin America—have established themselves as economic forces leading global market growth. After assuming the Presidency at a time when oil exports and foreign investment were at an all-time low, Álvaro Uribe's innovative economic policies—and his emphasis on international investment and cooperation—unleashed unprecedented growth as other nations faltered. During his time in office, Colombia attracted a five-fold increase in foreign direct investment in addition to doubling the country's gross oil exports. In his presentations, Uribe shares his experiences in developing foreign investment, increasing export demand, addressing narco-terrorism and managing concerns about geopolitical risk in Latin America. With an eye toward the future, Uribe looks at today's economic and foreign policy climate and lays out solutions that encourage sustainable growth in both the developed and emerging economies.
When he took office in 2002, Álvaro Uribe led a Colombia that was on the verge of becoming a failed state besieged by drug lords, instability and decades of violence. Having risen through the ranks of government as a Senator, Governor and finally as President, Uribe's bold leadership in the face of tremendous domestic and regional adversity and his initiative to bolster the Colombian military helped drive insurgents from the cities in a move that has reclaimed power and stability for Colombia's citizens. The two-term President of a nation referred to as "the bright star in the Latin American constellation," Uribe shares his experience transforming Colombia into a political, economic and social force on the world stage when the stakes for the country's survival could not have been higher. Looking to the future, Uribe evaluates current policy and international events, offering his assessment of what the future holds for the unique relationship that many Latin American countries have with industrialized nations—most notably the region's relationship with the United States.
Leading Colombia from despair and uncertainty to become one of the vibrant economic and political forces contributing to Latin America's rapid growth, Álvaro Uribe is one of the most respected leaders from the region. He assesses the global economy, geopolitical risk and the challenges of leading—and transforming—a nation.
Governing and bringing stability to Colombia is more than Álvaro Uribe's life's work—it is his personal mission. After his father was killed at the hands of FARC, one of Latin America's most notorious left-wing Marxist guerilla organizations, Uribe rose through the ranks of government and took drastic measures to secure Colombia against violent militias, radical political factions and rampant drug trafficking. In doing so and in building a strong military to confront the threat of a society dominated by powerful drug lords, Uribe transformed Colombia into an economic and political force that is now a magnet for international investment and a leader in Latin America. Through his bold economic policies, Uribe unleashed growth, lowered inflation and improved the lives of many in his country by pushing for improvements in wages and social services. Uribe shares with audiences his experiences leading Colombia during a period of transformation and provides a unique view of economic and foreign policy in Latin America. His work to build international alliances also gives him a unique understanding of how current events in Latin America fit into the overall global political and economic future. The only Colombian President in over a century to be elected to a second consecutive term, Uribe is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts to bring peace, prosperity and democracy to all corners of the globe. In his memoir, No Lost Causes, (October 2012) Uribe details an epic, heart-racing account of how bravery and hope gave a failing nation a brighter future and how bold, imaginative leadership can solve even the most intractable problems—and why there is no such thing as a lost cause.