2017: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos is a Colombian politician, former president of Colombia, and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Early in his career, he worked as an economist and journalist—and was recognized as a Nieman Fellow for his award-winning columns and reporting. In addition, he was a member and vice chair of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, DC–based think tank. Santos also served as president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association.

Colombia’s President Cesar Gaviria Trujillo appointed Santos as the country’s first minister of foreign trade. In this role, Santos focused on expanding Colombia’s international trade and, in the process, established several agencies to support this objective. After also serving as defense minister, Santos was elected president of Colombia in 2010.

In 2017, Juan Manuel Santos received the Great Negotiator Award for his efforts to help end Colombia’s 52-year civil war by establishing a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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  • Juan Santos is truly a master closer and great Inside man in politics. By arranging a peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed forces that ended the 52 year civil war.

    “There ain’t a better inside man alive”

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  • President Santos -proved to possess the outstanding negotiation capacity and conducting them with respect to values and personalities of difficult partner from FARC. He made a crucial contribution to the peace agreement that ended the social, societal, economic, and moral conflict that lasted 55 years. The case of negotiations is worthy to be studied with equal attention paid to two sideshow they transformed themselves during very long negotiations.

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