Former Colombian President Uribe accepts scholar post at Georgetown University

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is taking his political expertise to Georgetown University in Washington, where he has been named a distinguished scholar.

The university announced Wednesday that Uribe will hold seminars and work with faculty on international issues during the 2010-11 academic year.

Carol Lancaster, dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, said in a statement that Uribe "will bring a truly unique perspective to discussions of global affairs."

Uribe, 58 and a lawyer by training, ended his two-term presidency on Aug. 7 and has been popular among many Colombians for improving security and making military gains against leftist rebels.

This week, Uribe also confirmed his participation in a U.N. panel investigating Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.