An interview with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

By Lally Weymouth, Friday, August 26, 11:45 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came well prepared for the job: Previously, he served as his country’s finance minister, foreign trade minister and, most recently, defense minister under his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe. But while Uribe centered Colombia’s foreign policy around an alliance with the United States, Santos has maintained good relations with Washington yet also kept some distance, becoming more of an independent player in Latin America. Santos, who has been in office slightly more than one year and enjoys a strong domestic approval rating of 71 percent, sat down last week with Washington Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth in Bogota. Excerpts of their conversation:

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