Colombia News


An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

Oct 14, 2015
We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

The Reasons for the Surge in Coca Cultivation in Colombia

Aug 25, 2015
Using available data and analyzing regional differences, this article examines five hypotheses that could account for the marked increase in coca under cultivation. Has the current anti-drug strategy reached its limit?

Why the Next Few Months Will be Critical for the Latest Colombia FARC Truce

Jul 22, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the critical next steps in the Colombian peace process.

Los conflictos que distancian a los líderes de América Latina

May 31, 2015
Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted about the regional differences that might impede the process of integrating Latin American nations. This article is in Spanish.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Measuring Public Opinion and Expectations for Transitional Justice

May 29, 2015
FARC negotiator Pablo Catatumbo said that the recent deadly army raid represented a “step back,” but that the progress made since Colombia’s peace process talks began in 2012 should not be “thrown overboard.” So negotiations continue in spite of tensions and setbacks. A new survey conducted by researchers from Georgia State University seeks to inform the process by providing information on public opinion regarding transitional justice, trust, and overall support for negotiations. One of the researchers, and a Wilson Center Fellow provide context on the findings and their relevance to ongoing attempts to reach an agreement.

Colombia peace talks survive Cauca storm, but danger lurks

Apr 21, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about peace talks between Colombia’s government and The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
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Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia

Mar 31, 2015
Summary and materials from the event, "Cambio Climatico y Planificacion Territorio: Casos de Estudio de Adaptacion en Politicas Urabanas y Sector Privado" in Bogota, Colombia.

As Colombia anticipates peace deal, donors prepare to roll out assistance

Feb 06, 2015
As talks for a peace deal resumed this week between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, international donors are keeping an eye on their progress and--in the case a deal is signed--are prepared to roll out assistance. According to Cynthia Arnson, there will be "significant new needs for spending."

FARC, ELN: Colombia's Left-Wing Guerrillas

Dec 01, 2014
In this article, Cynthia Arnson is quoted on the peace talks between Colombia and the FARC. The article also includes a mention of the Latin American Program’s new bulletin, “The FARC and Colombia’s Illegal Drug Trade”.

Why Colombia’s War Against the FARC Isn’t Over Yet

Dec 01, 2014
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted on the peace talks between the Colombia government and the FARC.