How Will Ivan Duque Navigate Colombia’s Latest Political Storm?

August 09, 2018

The new president must choose between respecting the independence of Colombia's judiciary and standing by the innocence of his political mentor. The inauguration of Ivan Duque as Colombia’s new president took place on August 7, on what was an extremely windy afternoon in the capital city of...

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?

May 30, 2018

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...

Will Colombia’s Next President Overcome the Challenges of Peace?

January 30, 2018

Whoever becomes Colombia’s next president will face significant challenges, including the monumental job of guiding a divided population into a new era of peace. Colombia’s presidential elections, set to take place in the summer of 2018, the country's first since the signing of the 2016...

Defeating Systemic Corruption: Colombia’s Next Major Challenge

March 24, 2017

If corruption is not eradicated to level the political playing field, the systemically flawed democratic process will destroy any prospects of a lasting peace in Colombia. Colombia's big city streets are full of ambulant vendors offering you anything from chewing gum to a single cigarette to...