Wilson Center Experts
Juan Carlos Garzón
Juan Carlos Garzón is a Visiting Expert at the Wilson Center and a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme’s “Human Development Report for Latin America 2013.” Recently he worked as part of the research team for the “Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas” at the Organization of American States (OAS), where he previously worked as a specialist and served as the director of the Analysis Unit for the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia. Prior to joining the OAS, he worked as a researcher at the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Observatory in the Office of the Vice Presidency, and as the Security and Armed Conflict Analysis Unit Coordinator at the Security and Democracy Foundation. The English version of his most recent book, Mafia&Co: The Criminal Networks in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, was published by the Woodrow Wilson Center. Garzón has also authored numerous newspaper and academic articles related to the armed conflict in Colombia, the peace process, drug trafficking, urban violence and organized crime. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and is completing his M.A. in Latin American Studies with focus on Security from Georgetown University.
To propose an agenda to continue the drug policy debate in the Western Hemisphere based on the initial agreements reached by the countries at the OAS General Assembly 2013. Additionally, the project will identify the main challenges and opportunities to furthering the drug policy reform agenda through an open dialogue with a group of key actors and organizations.