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Peace in Colombia? Don't Blow It - Virginia Bouvier, Daily Beast

After half a century of war, is it possible the killing will end? This is the best chance there’s been, but the world—and the U.S. Congress—will have to help....

The US and Colombia Will Lead the Americas On - Marco Rubio, Nat. Rev.

As an American, I am proud of what our military assistance and diplomatic support has been able to achieve in Colombia. It is proof that the world becomes a safer place when Americ...

Ending Latin America's Longest War Isn't Cheap - Bloomberg View

As if ending Latin America's longest civil war weren’t enough of an achievement, the peace agreement between the government and Marxist rebels in Colombia would also accelera...

A New Dawn in My Country, Colombia - Juan Manuel Santos, Miami Herald

This week I return to Washington to thank the American people and the U.S. government for the help they have provided Colombia during the last 15 years and to look ahead to the nex...

Fix Colombia's Flawed Deal With FARC - Ana Quintana, National Interest

This week's White House meeting is the perfect opportunity....

Colombia's Drug Traffickers Prepare for Peace - Nick Miroff, Wash Post

Both the government and the traffickers know that a big share of Colombia’s billion-dollar cocaine trade will be up for grabs if the FARC — whose rebellion runs on drug profits...

Most Recent Articles

How Colombia Left the Abyss (The U.S. Helped) - P. Deshazo, Herald

President Obama hosts his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in Washington next week. Their meeting comes on the eve of a potential peace deal between the government of Colom...

Colombia vs Columbia: A Nation Scorned in Spelling? - Jim Wyss, MH

Since Colombia gained independence in 1819, it seems English-speakers have inadvertently been trying to rechristen it Columbia with a “u.” And increasingly, this nation...

In Colombia, a True Peace Deal - Rudolph Giuliani, Washington Times

The Colombian peace process is a model for what can be accomplished....

The Fight over Colombia's Sunken Treasure - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

When Colombia announced early this month that it had discovered the wreckage of the San José galleon, brimming with colonial-era bullion and studded with bronze cannons, Pre...

Santos Empowers Colombia's Terrorists - Mary Anastasia O'Grady, WSJ

Since the Nov. 13 attack in Paris, the West has redoubled its resolve to defeat Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, as the Allies in the 20th century did when fascism and later commu...

Colombia is Again World's Top Producer of Coca - Nick Miroff, Wash. Post

TIERRADENTRO, Colombia — Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst...

So You Thought Colombia's War Was Over? - Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy

In the space left by the guerrillas, new criminal gangs are quickly gaining prominence — and they are arguably more complex and brutal than their predecessors....

The Island Where Men Are Disappearing - Hernando Alvarez, BBC

At first glance it's paradise, a small Caribbean island with palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sands and emerald waters, untouched by mass tourism. But Old Providence has a g...

Killing Colombia's Democracy - Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal

Why President Santos won’t let voters decide the fate of his FARC peace agreement....

Too Early to Celebrate Colombia Peace - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami H'ld

World leaders jumped too quickly to endorse this deal. If over the next six months, Santos announces that the FARC narco-terrorists have agreed to serve at least some time in jail ...

South America's Perfect Economic Storm - A. Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

In recent years, when South America benefitted from record world commodity prices thanks to China’s ever-growing purchases of oil, soybeans and other raw materials, the region’...

The Colombian Town That Gave Up Cash - S.D. Gonzalez, Worldcrunch

CONCEPCION — Concepción in northern Colombia has become the country's first town to practically say goodbye to bank notes, instead embracing online payments for even t...

In Defense of Vargas Llosa's Public Love Affair - Danilo Arbilla, Espectador

There are plenty of good reasons Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa shouldn't be flaunting his affair with a Madrid socialite. But if it's really love, none of that really matters....

Did Colombia Just Take a Big Step Toward Peace? - Oliver Kaplan, FP

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos described a new agreement between his government and the FARC rebels as “a new light of hope” on the path toward peace — so...

Colombia Punishes Its Patriots - Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal

‘Eyewitness’ testimony that Alfonso Plazas Vega ordered civilians killed was fraudulent....

Glimmers of Hope Through Colombia's Conflict - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Just a 3 1/2-hour flight away from Miami, a bloody conflict has been raging in one form or another for nearly 70 years. The site of that brutal civil war that has claimed more than...

FIFA Go Home! - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

The U.S. case against soccer corruption has hit Latin America at precisely the right moment, in precisely the right area. The region is as receptive as it has ever been on the need...

Deals With the Devil in Colombia - Mary Anastasia O'Grady, WSJ

The predawn execution of 11 Colombian soldiers in the province of Cauca by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on April 15 is shaping up as a defining moment for Pres...

Obama Elbows Into Colombia Peace Talks - Mary O'Grady, WSJ

President Obama’s top priority in the region is normalizing relations with the Cuban military dictatorship. Raúl Castro says that cannot happen unless Cuba is taken of...

A New Start for U.S. in Central America? - R. Evan Ellis, War on the Rocks

The announcement by the White House on January 29 that it would ask Congress for $1 billion for Central America in its FY2016 budget is welcome news for the region, and for the Uni...

The Violence that Haunts Colombia - Ernesto Londono, New York Times

HAVANA — A VARIATION of the scene has played out in sporadic nightmares I began having as a child. A band of guerrilla fighters with scraggly beards, dirty camouflage uniforms an...

A Year for Reform in Latin America - Daniel Zovatto, Brookings Institution

Latin America is starting off 2015 with a clear economic slowdown. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) projects a modest recovery (2....

The Forgotten Streets of Colombia's War - Scott Johnson, Foreign Policy

One day in the middle of August, a gaunt 20-year-old who goes by the name of Jeilin approached a middle-aged man and shot him several times int he chest with a pistol, killing him....

Reinventing the World-Class City - Pooja Bhatia, Ozy

Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and run-down markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manil...

The Odd Evolution of Bogota's Marxist Mayor - C. de la Torre, Worldcrunch

Is this the rise of another Hugo Chavez for Latin America?...

Can U.S.-Cuba Thaw Help End War in Colombia? - Richard McColl, DB

The thaw between Washington and Cuba finally begins to close a chapter of the Cold War. A ceasefire by leftist rebels in Colombia could close the last one....

Rediscovering Pride in South America - Juan Manuel Ospina, Worldcrunch

Colombians seem to worship all things Anglo-American, "Miami-style" most of all. It's a sign of our own socio-cultural shame and some appalling choices made by past governments....

Japan Steps up Its Game in Latin America - Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

As Asian rival China invests billions in Latin America and snaps up strategic commodities, Japan also is looking at the region with new interest....

The Sudden Slowdown of Latin America's Economies - Economist

It was great while it lasted. In a golden period from 2003 to 2010 Latin America’s economies grew at an annual average rate of close to 5%, wages rose and unemployment fell, ...

Healing Colombia's Scars of War - Wesley Tomaselli, Ozy

Eight years ago, around 1 in the morning, Colombian Edgar Bermudez woke to grenades raining down on him and his battalion. He and his men — on a mission to eradicate coca in ...

Colombia's Villagers Mete Out Harsh Justice - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

All it took was a roar from an angry crowd and a show of hands for Carlos Ivan Silva to get a 60-year jail sentence for murder. Minutes later, four of his collaborators were senten...

What to Expect of U.S. Foreign Policy in Americas - Carl Meacham, CSIS

It’s worth noting, too, that President Obama, facing an opposition Congress, may tend toward symbolic foreign policy gestures as he seeks to establish his legacy in the regio...

Colombia-FARC Peace Deal Relies on Forgiveness - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Gloria was 10 years old when armed rebels burst into her home at night, forced her father to his knees and shot him twice in the back of the head as the family watched. The guerril...

Venezuela's Perilous Closeup - Diego Arria, New York Daily News

Latin American and Caribbean governments have endorsed the Venezuelan communist tyranny created by Hugo Chavez by choosing his appointed substitute, Nicolas Maduro, to represent th...

Uniting Latin America - Bachelet, Santos, Nieto & Humala, Bloomberg

Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movemen...

How to Reintegrate Colombia's Child Soldiers - Paul Angelo, Miami Herald

Child soldiers are the most helpless and most voiceless of the vast victim pool created by five decades of war in Colombia. On Saturday in Havana, Colombian President Juan Manuel ...

West Must End Collusion with Colombia - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

As talks to end a 50-year war hang in the balance, violent repression carries on -- and the US and Britain stand behind it....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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