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Plan Colombia

Will New U.S. Aid Address Damage Caused to Colombia's Rural Communities?

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.13.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

A rose-tinted view of Plan Colombia severely neglects the detrimental humanitarian toll it has had on the country's rural poor. If the United States is to be effective in supporting its South American ally during its peaceful transition, "Peace Colombia" demands a better understanding than its predecessor of the local realities in the areas where its efforts and dollars are likely to be focused.

Nation Building the Right Way

Jack Leslie | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jack Leslie

Given the mayhem occurring around the world and the first votes in the 2016 Presidential election at home, my guess is the celebration today of the 15th anniversary of a milestone partnership between Colombia and the U.S. will be largely ignored.

Peace Is Possible In Colombia, But Let's Not Dismiss War Crimes

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Lisa Haugaard

After 220,000 dead (80 percent of whom were civilians), tens of thousands disappeared, countless victims of sexual violence, and more than 6 million internally displaced, it's time to stop the war.

Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

Sorry, Hillary, Plan Colombia Has Been a Drug War Disaster

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

This week Hillary Clinton again revealed a blind spot for the drug war and a deafness of tone towards Latino issues. She decided to brag about Plan Colombia, her husband's signature international drug policy initiative, which has been a total disaster in one of the most emblematic theaters of the failed war on drugs.

As Colombia Nears Peace Accord, The Question of U.S. Culpability Looms

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

Due to the good journalism of Colombia Reports as well as FAIR, there has been some attention given to the scandal of U. S. military and military contractors sexually assaulting young women and girls in Colombia.

Still No Peace In Colombia (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2012-05-29-fuchscolombia.jpg Colombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of the nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.

Kony 2012 and the Failed Fantasy of Firepower in Libya, Syria, Uganda...

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Lisa Schirch

Echoes of victims call out to us over television or even twitter with bloodied images of civilians suffering. Those with empathy want to stop it. There is vast appeal for a fast fantasy of firepower solution

Beyond Free Trade with Colombia

Milburn Line | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Milburn Line

Armed forces are accused of murdering 2,547 civilians and presenting them as combat kills; there are now 27,000 forced disappearances in Colombia

Colombian Vice President Garzon: Good Words, but Not Yet Deeds

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.

Disappearances in Colombia on a Scale Never Imagined

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

From Colombia's streets and fields, every week, people are still disappearing.

A 'Plan Colombia' for Mexico?

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

Clinton's allusion to Plan Colombia, an anti-narcotics initiative most distinguished for its contributions to human rights violations, sparked a minor uproar in Mexico. But the only surprising thing may be that she uttered it out loud.

Mass Graves and Alleged Extrajudicial Executions in the Macarena, Colombia

Kelly Nicholls | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kelly Nicholls

On July 22 around 800 people came to the Macarena to tell an international delegation from the U.S. and Europe of the abuses they have suffered, many allegedly at the hands of the armed forces.

The US Counternarcotics Campaign in Afghanistan: Rethinking America's Strategy

Lesley Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lesley Young

In the midst of a war that has cost the United States well over $200 billion, exporting the Plan Colombia model to Afghanistan will add expenses without producing any meaningful results.

Drug Wars: Brazil's Amazon The New Rio Grande

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The last thing president Lula and Brazilian democracy need is the United States on its northern border using the drug war to interfere in internal politics like it has done in the past with Mexico.

Can We "Reset" Relations with Colombia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Our failed Colombia policy deserves special attention: it's literally a matter of life and death.

Ingrid for President / Ingrid Para Presidenta

David Paul Appell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul Appell

Betancourt has hinted at another run for the top job. If she does, she could become not just one the world's most respected presidents but also a much-needed beacon of hope in Latin America.

Despite Controversies, Colombia's On the Upswing -- and Bogota's Cool

David Paul Appell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul Appell

Bogotá, the sprawling Andean capital of 7 million, is a safe, under-the-radar gem with plenty of nifty surprises up its municipal sleeve.

Latin America Sends Congratulations--and a Piece of its Mind

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Pundits have said that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States won't change the nation's world image overnight. But in Lat...

Former Colombia Foreign Minister Argues For An Extension Of Tough U.S. Drug Plan And Free Trade, Supports McCain

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

I think Senator McCain will probably win in November because what North Americans value most is security, stability and experience, and that is McCain.