Publications on Colombia

Conflicto armado e iniciativas de paz en Colombia

Jul 07, 2011
Este documento es el resultado de la conferencia que ocurrió en el 3 de abril de 2008, patrocinado con la Fundación Ideas para la Paz, para hacer un balance del estado de las iniciativas de paz en curso tanto con las FARC y el ELN, como con los grupos paramilitares en Colombia.

Peace Initiatives and Colombia's Armed Conflict

Jul 07, 2011
This report is a result of an April 3, 2008 conference co-sponsored with Bogotá's Fundación Ideas para la Paz to assess the state of peace initiatives with the FARC, ELN, and paramilitary groups.

Los procesos de paz en Colombia

Jul 07, 2011
Efforts to bring Colombia's long-running internal armed conflict to an end through political negotiations continued to face major obstacles in 2006. This document reviews the major events in the peace process between Colombia's three main paramilitary groups (the FARC, the ELN, and the AUC) and the Colombian government.

Latin America Special Report: Colombia's Peace Processes

Jul 07, 2011
Efforts to bring Colombia's long-running internal armed conflict to an end through political negotiations continued to face major obstacles in 2006. This document reviews the major events in the peace process between Colombia's three main paramilitary groups (the FARC, the ELN, and the AUC) and the Colombian government.

The Peace Process in Colombia with the ELN: The Role of Mexico

Jul 07, 2011
The Mexican facilitator in the ELN peace talks, Ambassador Andrés Valencia, spoke at an off-the-record session at the Woodrow Wilson Center on June 21, 2005. The document that follows was authorized and cleared by Mexican authorities; it constitutes Ambassador Valencia's first-hand account of the attempt to arrange a meeting on Mexican soil between ELN military leaders and the Mexican facilitating team, an attempt that, after many months, ended in failure.

The Peace Process in Colombia with the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia-AUC

Jul 07, 2011
In July 2003, the government of President Álvaro Uribe took the unprecedented step of opening formal peace talks with the AUC. This publication is the collection of papers that resulted from a conference hosted by the Wilson Center to explore key issues in the Government-AUC peace talks, the prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement, and the key challenges ahead.

Percepciones Hemisfericas sobre la Crisis Colombiana

Jul 07, 2011
En este trabajo se presenta una reseña de una conferencia de octubre de 2004 que analizó cómo los países de la región interpretan la crisis colombiana en términos de su propia seguridad y de la seguridad hemisférica.

The Social and Economic Dimensions of Conflict and Peace in Colombia

Jul 07, 2011
Three experts share their views on reports from the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program and discuss the humanitarian toll of the conflict in Colombia.

Peace and Security in Colombia

Jul 07, 2011
This report is a result of a conference held at the Wilson Center on June 20, 2002 to explore the economic, security, and political dimensions of conflict resolution in Colombia.

In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America

Aug 09, 2012
In the Wake of War assesses the consequences of civil war for democratization in Latin America, focusing on questions of state capacity. Contributors focus on seven countries—Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru—where state weakness fostered conflict and the task of state reconstruction presents multiple challenges.

Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed

Jul 07, 2011
Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed questions the adequacy of explaining today's internal armed conflicts purely in terms of economic factors and reestablishes the importance of identity and grievances in creating and sustaining such wars. This collection of essays responds to current works asserting that the income from natural resources is the end and not just a means for warring rebel groups. The study puts greed in its place and restores the importance of deprivation and discrimination as the primary causes of armed conflict within states. Countries studied include Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Republic of the Congo, Colombia, and Afghanistan. More about this title can be found on the Wilson Center Press website.

Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America

Jul 07, 2011
Presenting a carefully structured comparative analysis of six Latin American countries that experienced guerilla warfare that outlasted the end of the cold war, this volume explores the unique constellation of national and international events that allowed some wars to end in negotiated settlement, one to end in virtual defeat of the insurgents, and others to rage on.

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes

Oct 01, 2003

Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics--social, economic, and political--of countries with these industries forms the subject of this sophisticated and humane subject.

The Outlook for Energy Reform in Latin America

Jul 07, 2011
In July of 2009, four experts from the region convened to talk about their perspectives on the potential for reform in four leading oil producing nations: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. This paper provides a summary of the event, and in doing so evaluates the current climate for significant reform in these four Latin American nations.

Mafia & Co.

Jul 07, 2011
Mafia & Co. provides an analytical perspective of the inner workings and expansion of organized crime in three Latin American countries. The author provides a comparative investigation looking specifically at criminal networks in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Municipal Strategies of Crime Prevention

Jul 07, 2011
The Latin American Program held a conference to discuss municipal-level efforts to improve citizen security, reduce violent crime, and engage citizens and invigorate civil society participation.

The Prevention of Youth Violence in Latin America: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges

Jul 07, 2011
Citizens throughout Latin America cited crime as the most important problem facing their countries. This has risen over the last decade.

Aprendizaje entre vecinos: Fuentes de desacuerdo y perspectivas de cooperación entre los países andinos

Jul 07, 2011
This bulletin summarizes a meeting held in the Bogotá, Colombia on May 3, 2007 which discussed the security crisis in the Andes and possibilities for its resolution.

Education Reform in Colombia: The Elusive Quest for Effectiveness

Jul 07, 2011
This paper explores the evolving context of education reform in Colombia.

The Crisis of Democratic Governance in the Andes

Jul 07, 2011
Experts who took part in a June 2000 discussion reveal that countries in the Andean region suffer from deep problems of governance: crisis of citizenship, reflected in widespread apathy and low levels of participation in the political process; the decline of political parties; corruption and a lack of accountability of civilian as well as military elites; weak institutions; and the military's involvement in politics.

The Politics of Health Sector Reforms: Cross-National Comparisons

Jul 07, 2011
This bulletin summarizes findings on health sector reform from case studies on reform efforts during the 1990s in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.

The Politics of Education Sector Reforms: Cross-National Comparisons

Jul 07, 2011
This report summarizes findings on education sector reforms from case studies of reform efforts in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

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