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Ambassador Myles R. R. Frechette served as former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia (1994-97), former U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon (1983-87), and as the Special Coordinator for the Santiago (Chile) Summit of the Americas (1997-98). He is presently focused on international trade and business issues and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, as well as Executive Director of the North American-Peruvian Business Council. He joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and, in addition to his two ambassadorial assignments, he served in various posts in Honduras, Chad, Brazil, and Venezuela. Ambassador Frechette was also Director of Policy Planning, Coordination, and Press in the Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. He is the recipient of several U.S. and foreign awards, and has written a number of articles and columns on the U.S.-Colombian relationship and on multilateral strategies for Latin America. Ambassador Frechette received his B.A. from the University of British Colombia and his M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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Authored by Ambassador Myles R. R. Frechette.
The United States has provided a considerable amount of economic, police, judicial, and military assistance to the American-Colombian strategic partnership since Plan Colombia. But much work looms ahead to eliminate the threats to state authority—the terrorism and the drug trafficking that nurture so much violence and corruption. These threats continue as the producers have learned how to outwit government counternarcotics efforts.