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Colombia's Next Battle - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Despite dramatic security improvements in recent years, Colombia continues to have one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world. The United Nations says 3.9 mil...

Price Of War and Amnesia in Colombia - Camilo Olarte, America Economi­a

You don't need to know any history to perceive the violence in Colombia — it's as easy as listening to a president speak, reading news readers' comments, observing the violen...

Drug Traffickers Threaten Central America - Elliott Abrams, Miami H'ld

Thirty years after the Kissinger commission report, democracy and peace in Central America are again at risk. This time the foreign intervention is from immensely wealthy criminal ...

An '80s Flashback? Russia Back in Nicaragua - Dan Salgar, El Espectador

Faced with Colombia's military strength and apparent resolve not to hand over a disputed swathe of the Caribbean, Nicaragua is inviting friendly Russia into the area....

Colombia: Forgotten Front in the War on Drugs - Ted Galen Carpenter, TNI

Colombia was the epicenter of the Western Hemisphere’s drug wars from the early 1980s until about six years ago. In the years since then, attention shifted to the carnage in Mexi...

How the U.S. Helps Colombia Kill Rebels - Dana Priest, Washington Post

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades, due...

Most Recent Articles

Monroe Doctrine, RIP? - Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld

Kerry's repudiation of the Monroe Doctrine quickly became a major news story in Latin America. Yet most people failed to grasp the larger significance of his speech....

Can Colombia Make Peace with FARC? - Jose Cardenas, RealClearWorld

Santos' about-face on the FARC is a primary reason why his popularity has collapsed since the heady days of his election. Today, less than a third of Colombians approve of his pres...

No Sex Till the Road's Fixed - John Otis, Global Post

Sex sells, but no sex? That apparently gets the job done....

Juan Valdez vs. Starbucks: The Global Coffee War - Jim Wyss, Miami Hld

When coffee giant Starbucks recently announced it was bringing its frappuccinos and skinny lattes to Colombia — where a cup of coffee is better known as a tinto — it sparked jo...

Weak Universities Hurt Latin America, Spain - Carlos Montaner, MH

The consequence of the phenomenon of reiterative cultures is that they live like parasites, clinging to creative centers established outside their perimeter. To a great degree, the...

Inside Colombia's Emerald Battle - Charles Parkinson, The Atlantic

Two recent assassinations could signal the beginning of renewed fighting between the country's gem barons....

FARC Talks Not Helping Colombia's Santos - Raul Gallegos, Bloomberg

Striking deals with a group that has killed, kidnapped and extorted and derives massive profits from drug trafficking -- regardless of its professed Marxist ideology -- is understa...

Can Bogota and FARC Finally Make Peace? - Anne Phillips, Foreign Affairs

For a little under a year, the Colombian government and the FARC have been holding peace talks in Havana. Two Colombian government negotiators, a prominent opposition member of the...

The U.S.-China Rivalry over Latin America - Gary Regenstreif, Reuters

Though the U.S. and Chinese presidents heralded a “new model” of cooperation at their weekend summit, a growing competition looks more likely. The whirlwind of activity before ...

Colombia a Good Fit for NATO - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

President Juan Manuel Santos proposes to bring Colombia into NATO, even if it is through the back door. I think it's a responsible initiative. NATO is the most formidable military...

Colombia's Hired Murderers Lie Low. For Now - Abdelrahim & Ferri, Vice

The Russian was 13 years old when he first killed a man. He has no regrets about it; the man he killed had mistreated the Russian’s little sister. He built a weapon called a ...

Land for Peace in Colombia - Kaplan & Albertus, Foreign Affairs

Even as Colombian troops fight FARC rebels in the jungle, the two sides are busy negotiating a peace deal. Land reform could pave the way to a lasting settlement and drive down the...

Rise of the High-Skilled Immigrant - Ximena Bravo Pou, America Econ.

In surveys, immigrant workers in Chile express a positive opinion of the Chilean workforce. 60% say they do not feel discriminated against, 76% say they are paid the same as Chilea...

America's Expanding Drug War in Latin America - Martha Mendoza, AP

In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against the traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade...

Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2013 - Louise Arbour, Foreign Policy

  Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once ...

Latin America's Adaptive Gangsters - Juan Vergara, Project Syndicate

Criminal networks distort the most important sources of change: globalization, technology, open markets, regional cooperation, and democracy. In a context of weak institutions, per...

Obama Faces Latin America Revolt over Drugs - Brian Winter, Reuters

President Barack Obama will face an unprecedented revolt by Latin American countries against the U.S.-led drug war during his second term and he also may struggle to pass new trade...

Two More Wars Shut Down (Probably) - Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press

More or less at opposite ends of the world, two very long wars are coming to a negotiated end, with no victors and no vanquished. In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino signe...

Colombia's Plan to Integrate FARC - Anne Phillips, Foreign Affairs

On October 17, formal negotiations commenced in Oslo between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). They will be followed by further peace ...

Venezuelan Vote May Determine Latin America's Future - Irish Times

The election has a geopolitical significance well beyond Venezuela. The continent’s politically predominant left has polarised between supporters of a Chávez-Castro axis, encour...

Latin America's Tale of Two Crises - Jorge Castaneda, Project Syndicate

If one were an irredeemable optimist, upcoming events in Venezuela and Colombia could be viewed as a harbinger of good things to come. In Venezuela, the October 7 presidential e...

Peace May Have a Chance in Colombia - Farid Kahhat, America Economia

The negotiations that are set to begin formally in October are by no means the first attempt to demobilize members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and incorpor...

U.S.-Cuba Ties Changing? - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ peace negotiations with his country’s FARC Marxist guerrillas could have widespread international repercussions: If the talks succeed, t...

Colombia Bets on Peace - Washington Post

Three times in the past 30 years Colombian governments have tried and failed to negotiate peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Government (FARC), a onetime Marxist guerrill...

Time to Rethink Cuba Policy? - Sarah Stephens, Politico

Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration announced that Cuba would again be kept on the terrorism list for the 30th consecutive year. Among the allegations that the White ...

Colombian Cocaine Contradictions - Los Angeles Times

The White House says cocaine production in the South American country fell 25%. But a UN report says no. Who's right?...

Coca Still King in Colombia's Backwaters - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Colombia has made dramatic progress in shaking off its dark past of drugs and guns. Coca crops and the homicide rate have dropped dramatically over the last decade, and the nation...

Five Signs Obama Is Losing Latin America - J.D. Gordon, Wash Times

Though most of Mr. Obama's newsworthy foreign policy proclamations have pertained to the Middle East, Europe and Asia, his judgment calls on Latin America have been equally bad -...

Democratic Deficit in Latin America - Myles Frechette, Miami Herald

For over two decades Latin America, except for Cuba, has been governed by democratic governments. Over the last 10 years there has been impressive economic growth in Latin Americ...

Dismantling Colombia's Armed Groups - International Crisis Group

he surrender of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC) in December 2011 risks going down as a failure. Only a fraction of the group took part; leaders ma...

FARC's Ferocious Female Warriors - Anne Phillips, Foreign Affairs

An inside look at the FARC's women fighters....

Political Feud Could Cripple Colombia - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

It's not unusual in Latin American politics for presidents to clash with their predecessors who once helped elect them, but the current feud between former Colombian President Al...

U.S. Lessons in Afghanistan Can Aid Colombia - Lolita Baldor, AP

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia....

Obama's Latin American Disconnect - Carlos Gutierrez, RealClearWorld

The unfolding Secret Service imbroglio has completely overshadowed the results of the Summit of the Americas that took place in Colombia last weekend. That is a pity, for the gathe...

The U.S.-Latin America Disconnect - Jose Cardenas, Foreign Policy

From the photographs of Hillary Clinton partying up at a Cartagena disco during last weekend's Sixth Summit of the Americas, it appears she was the only U.S. official who enjoyed ...

What Comes After the War on Drugs - Dan Gardner, Ottawa Citizen

Colombia's president has the right idea. We must, first, accept that the status quo is a mess. That doesn't mean committing to any particular change. It just means acknowledging w...

U.S. Drug Appetite Plagues Latin America - Kristin Lewis, CS Monitor

As the drug war continues to ravage much of Mexico, other countries in Central America, and the Caribbean, the US Office of National Drug Control Policy could learn something from...

Latin Leaders Want to End Drug War - Benny Avni, New York Post

At this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, a number of leaders will plead with President Obama to end the futile war on drugs. Obama won’t change US pol...

Lift Latin America's 'Drug Curse' - Christian Science Monitor

At the Summit of the Americas, Obama will likely be asked to discuss alternatives to the get-tough tactics on the drug trade - even to endorse legalization. He should point to La...

Can Colombia's Santos Unify the Americas? - Llana & Eulich, CS Monitor

As Latin America asserted its diplomatic and economic autonomy from the United States over the past decade, Colombia was consistently seen as the outlier – a lackey of the ...

Time for Obama to Reconsider America's Drug War - The Observer

This week, at a summit in Colombia, the president has a chance to show he understands there has to be a political solution....

Colombia Needs U.S. Anti-Insurgency Aid - Michael O'Hanlon, Bloomberg

There are signs that violence is on the gradual increase again. The insurgents have learned from their reverses, a regrouping that began in Uribe’s tenure, and adopted more e...

Can Colombia's Santos Solve the Cuba Conundrum? - Tim Padgett, Time

Santos' Cuba conundrum, in fact, revolved around the question of how strongly linked the Summit of the Americas is to the OAS and its Inter-American Democratic Charter. The chart...

FARC's Insufficient Olive Branch to Bogota - The Economist

Kidnapping is hardly the FARC's only means of threatening public safety....

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