Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.
This article discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' recent visit to Washington, D.C. Most sectors in Washington see Colombia as having had tremendous success in the past decade, although there is much less optimism in Colombia. Cynthia Arnson discusses the high-level talks and gives an analysis of perceptions in Colombia. This article is in Spanish.
Cynthia Arnson discusses the status of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the largest guerrilla organization in the country.
This article discusses the role that the Honduran military played in the election of National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Eric Olson discusses how the military has become a political actor and why the region is likely to become more militarized.
Wilson Center expert, Juan Carlos Garzón, discusses the role the narcotrafficking is playing in the negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC. He says that narcotrafficking and the role that FARC has played in that has been exaggerated. This article is in Spanish.
Latin American Program in the News: In Honduras vote, new lesson in how the drug war steers politicsDec 03, 2013
This article discusses the recent elections in Honduras and platforms that the candidates each ran on regarding drugs and crime. LAP Associate Director, Eric Olson, discusses what to expect from president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Exalcalde de Nueva York vino a explicar el milagro que hizo en su ciudad. Pero ni hubo milagro ni el modelo le serviría a Colombia: ¿será que vamos a dar palos de ciego?
With general elections in Honduras concluded, it is clear the country still faces a polarized and fractured political landscape. This can either lead to further obstruction and decay or be an opportunity for overcoming the violence, poverty, and growing economic and social disparity in the country. Here are three ideas for healing and moving forward.
The country with the highest murder rate in the world isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s Honduras, just a two and a half hour flight from Miami.