Colombia News

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia peace talks off to touchy start

Oct 18, 2012
The Colombian government and the FARC began peace talks this week.

Latin American Program in the News: As Central America heads towards lawlessness a new drug strategy is needed

Aug 02, 2012
The growing drug problem has brought increased attention to Central America. A change in U.S. policy is necessary to help the region, and with such change there is potential to reduce the problem.

Latin American Program in the News: White House says Colombia not leader in cocaine

Jul 31, 2012
The White House Office on National Drug Control Policy said that Colombia is no longer the largest producer of cocaine in the world. Peru and Bolivia produced more cocaine in 2011 than Colombia.
Cynthia J. Arnson

Latin American Program in the News: Coca planting rises in Colombia, cocaine production falls

Jul 27, 2012
Colombia saw an increase from the previous year in the amount of coca planted in 2011 though the amount of cocaine produced fell.

Latin American Program in the News: Ex-minister target of Colombian bomb

May 16, 2012
A former top Colombian official survived an assassination attempt on May 15 after a daylight bombing in the country's capital.

Latin American Program in the News: OAS delivers conclusions about the Summit of the Americas

Apr 25, 2012
“Even though the priorities and concerns are the same, the Americas are not as synchronized as we would like and there is still a lot of work to do”, was the first conclusion from the secretary general of the Organization of Americas State (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, in regards to the hemispheric encounter in Cartagena. During the conference organized at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington DC, Insulza emphasized that “we have to find ways of cooperation in pending themes and that is what is going to determine if this is going to be a decade of success for the Americas”. (in Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Regional Security, Not Iran, a Primary Focus in South America

Apr 17, 2012
According to Arnson, though the issue of Iran is not salient compared to other issues in Latin America, its inconsistent relationship with the region highlights the already existent divisions in attitudes toward the United States. Though countries like Venezuela also reject the influence of the United States worldwide, she says, the broader region does not share Iran's hostilities.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Drug Policy Faces Latin Dissent

Apr 16, 2012
Since then, Latin American leaders have felt neglected, particularly as Mr. Obama's launched a drive last year to intensify his focus on Asia. "In the region there's pretty broad disappointment with the lack of attention," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center think tank.

Latin American Program in the News: Support, But Some Disappointment, as Obama Heads to Americas Summit

Apr 13, 2012
President Obama travels to Colombia for the Sixth Summit of the Americas. Our experts discuss Obama's leadership in the region and possible topics to be covered at the Summit.

Latin America Program in the News: U.S. on more equal footing with neighbors as Obama heads to Summit of the Americas

Apr 13, 2012
President Obama travels to a weekend summit of the hemisphere’s leaders Friday as the head of a nation that remains in many ways the economic envy of its closest neighbors, but also one whose influence is on the wane in a rising region...

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