David Spencer

David Spencer is Assistant Professor of National Defense Studies at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  He has spent the last sixteen years working in support of U.S. policy in Colombia and is the lead author of Colombia’s Road to Recovery: Security and Governance 1982-2010, published by the Perry Center in 2011.  During 2011-2012 he was on detail at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Western Hemisphere Affairs where he served as Director of Colombia Policy.  After leaving OSD he spent several weeks in Cauca doing research for this article.

The outcome of the fighting in this part of the country will greatly influence the outcome of the whole conflict.