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World Cup Revives Old Border Wars - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

And then there were eight. The World Cup quarterfinals kick off Friday with two regional grudge matches: Brazil takes on an effervescent Colombia in the city of Fortaleza, while Fr...

Drug Lord's Hippos Take Over Colombia - William Kremer, BBC News

A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do wi...

Juan Manuel Santos' Great Idea - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Santos' announcement that he will present a bill to prohibit successive reelections in Colombia is great news. Now, Colombia’s president should turn it into an example for th...

A Vote for Peace in Colombia - Miami Herald

As internal strife with guerrilla forces rages in many parts of the world, on Sunday the people of Colombia cast a vote for peace and continuity. In a heated runoff, they reelecte...

The Stakes Are High in Colombia - Roger Noriega, RealClearWorld

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos secured a second term yesterday, winning just over 50 percent of the votes cast to defeat his rightist opponent Oscar Ivan Zuluaga. In a vict...

Only a Santos Victory Can Bring Peace to Colombia - The Observer

If the country's 50-year-long conflict is to end, the incumbent president must win Sunday's election....

Most Recent Articles

War and Peace Riding on Colombia Vote - Camilo Olarte, America Economia

As Colombia prepares to elect a president, voters must choose between a candidate willing to make painful concessions with FARC guerrillas and a hawk keen on the status quo....

Colombia Is Now Exporting Its Security Know-How - Wesley Tomaselli, Ozy

“There are a substantial number of people who worked in the (Colombian) armed forces, the police … that got a ‘second life’ when they retired,” said ...

Santos Oversells Colombia Peace Deal - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Santos is right in saying that Colombia is one of Latin America’s strongest economies, and that it will probably grow even faster thanks to the government’s heavy inves...

The Foreign Face of FARC's Civil War - Jonathan Stock, Der Spiegel

Tanja Nijmeijer of Holland spent more than 10 years fighting with the rebel group FARC in the jungles of Colombia. More recently, she has been part of the guerillas' peace negotiat...

Will the Real Juan Manuel Santos Please Speak Up? - The Economist

There are several reasons for Mr Santos’s sudden difficulties. Colombians don’t much like the idea of presidential re-election, allowed only since 2006. A patrician economist, ...

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...

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....

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