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Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Cartagena’s city center is a vibrant and colorful area full of international visitors. However, the outskirts paint a different story. Here, the invasiones, the shanty towns that surround the main city, are ridden with poverty. The effects of inequality stem beyond economic concerns as...

What Will a Post-Trump America Look Like?

What Will a Post-Trump America Look Like?

Americans are still anxiously waiting to find out who will be the 46th president of the United States. But while the results of the 2020 race may still be murky, what this election has made clear is that whoever succeeds President Donald Trump — whether in 2021 or 2025 — will face an uphill...

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

On Tuesday, August 4, via a short and unassuming tweet, the former president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe Velez, informed the world that he was placed under house arrest. The news sent shockwaves throughout South America’s political circles and sparked protests across Colombia. Uribe’s house...

Will Colombia See a #MeToo Revolution?

Will Colombia See a #MeToo Revolution?

Over the last several weeks, Colombia has been making international headlines as social protest engulfed the country. On November 25 — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — hundreds of Colombian women went out into the streets to claim their rights and shine a...

Dissident Guerrillas Are Rearming in Colombia

Dissident Guerrillas Are Rearming in Colombia

Early in the morning on August 28, the former head negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), Iván Márquez, announced via a YouTube video the official rearmament of a faction of FARC in what appears to be the eastern plains on the Colombian border with Venezuela and...

Why a Car Bomb in Northern Ireland Should Worry Colombia

Why a Car Bomb in Northern Ireland Should Worry Colombia

A warning to Colombia is that peace, even after 20 years, is not guaranteed. Colombians are just beginning to recover after a car bomb, planted by the country’s last remaining guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), detonated in the capital city of Bogotá on January 17. The...

The Legacy of Colombia’s Peacemaker

The Legacy of Colombia’s Peacemaker

Juan Manuel Santos leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in Colombia’s modern history. On August 7, the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos — Colombia’s peacemaker — comes to an end after two terms in office. Santos, who turns 67 on August 10, has stated in numerous...

Who Will Become Colombia’s Next President?

Who Will Become Colombia’s Next President?

Given that all three centrist candidates failed to secure a place in the second round of Colombia's presidential election, right-wing Ivan Duque is best positioned to form a broad coalition. Back in January, I wrote an article for Fair Observer in the run up to the presidential in election in...

Latin America at the Crossroads Ahead of Big Election Year

Latin America at the Crossroads Ahead of Big Election Year

What does Latin America’s bumper election year hold in store for the continent? A spate of elections will make 2018 decisive for Latin America. As the world marches toward a more conservative and even authoritarian future, this year's presidential elections — in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia,...

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