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Jaime Bermudez

Jaime Bermudez Merizalde (born c. 1966) is a Colombian lawyer and diplomat. He became Colombia Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canciller) on July 18, 2008.


Jaime Bermudez graduated from Gimnasio de los Cerros High School class of 1983. He is a lawyer from Universidad de los Andes '92 and holds a PhD in public opinion from Oxford University .

Professional life

Between 1991 and 1993, Jaime Bermudez was adviser to the Colombian government Consejeria de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Committee) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Between 1993 and 1994 he was coordinator of the "Good Neighbors Comision". In 1994 he was a UN-appointed observer of the presidential elections in South Africa. In 1996 was executive director of the Consorcio Iberoamericano de Investigaciones de Mercado, CIMAPress Release " Jaime Bermudez: Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Colombia)"

Between 2002 and 2006 he was a communications adviser to President Alvaro Uribe whom he met around 1998 while they were both students at Oxford University. He was then named as Colombian ambassador to Argentina, position that held from August 26, 2006 to July 9, 2008.


As member of the 'Good Neighbors Comission' he edited the book ColombiaVenezuela, un nuevo esquema bilateral . Together with Cynthia Arnson, he collaborated in the report "Los procesos de paz en Colombia: Multiples negociaciones, multiples actores" Cynthia J. Arnson, et al. " Los procesos de paz en Colombia: Multiples negociaciones, multiples actores" Woodrow Wilson School - Latin American Program Special Report January 2007

Jaime Bermudez has been a contributor to the Colombian publications Estrategia y Economia and Revista Diners.

External links

" Jaime Bermudez Seria El Nuevo Canciller". El Tiempo.

" Foreign Minister Araujo resigns". Colombia reports.

" Jaime Bermudez asume este jueves como nuevo Canciller de Colombia" Secretaria de Prensa, Presidencia de la Republica. July 17, 2008

" Un abogado cercano a Uribe" ABC.


Interview for Argentinian TV

Designation ceremony

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