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AQ Podcast | Gustavo Petro: What We’ve Learned So Far

El Tiempo columnist Ricardo Ávila examines how transformative this presidency could be for Colombia
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Colombian President Gustavo Petro was elected promising huge reforms. But since taking office, he has given mixed signals regarding how far, and how fast, his government might change Colombia’s economy, society and role in the world. Will the country’s class structure be significantly altered? Will there be a shift in drug policy? Will Colombia drop oil and coal from its energy matrix? And how much support do his proposals have? In this episode of The Americas Quarterly Podcast, Ricardo Ávila, senior analyst for the newspaper El Tiempo, takes stock of Petro’s first months as head of state and assesses how transformative his presidency could be.

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Ricardo Ávila is a columnist for El Tiempo and a political consultant


Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

Supplemental reading: 

AQ Presidential Profiles: Gustavo Petro by AQ editors

Can Petro Pull Off ‘Total Peace’ in Colombia? by Will Freeman

AQ Podcast: Colombia’s Petro Prepares for Government

Who Is Colombia’s Next Finance Minister? by Luiza Franco

A New Era for US-Colombia Relations by Cynthia J. Arnson

Tags: AQ Podcast, Colombia, Gustavo Petro
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