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"Plan Colombia": The Debate in Congress, 2000

December 4, 2000 | Policy Brief

By Ingrid Vacius

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U.S. relations with Colombia improved instantly in August of 1998, when Andrés Pastrana became the South American country’s new president. The arrival of Pastrana, a Harvard-educated former journalist, meant a break from Washington’s strained relationship with Colombia under his predecessor, Ernesto Samper, who was accused of receiving campaign funds from drug cartels.

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