Colombia Publications

The Criminal Diaspora: The Spread of Transnational Organized Crime and How to Contain its Expansion

Aug 25, 2013
This publication examines the multiple causes leading to the expansion and diffusion of organized crime across Latin America and globally.

Tax Reform In Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment

Jun 06, 2013
Vito Tanzi's keynote speech at our taxation event on December 11, 2013.

Tax Incidence and Tax Reforms in Latin America

Dec 09, 2012
The paper provides an overview of the recent literature about the impact of taxation on inequality in the region, reviewing the major conclusions of recent empirical work and comparing Latin America to other regions of the world.

Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century

Aug 01, 2012
In this new publication, Bruce Bagley examines adaptations and trends in the illicit drug economy over the last several decades.
La violencia crónica y su reproducción

La violencia crónica y su reproducción: Tendencias perversas en las relaciones sociales, la ciudadanía y la democracia en América Latina

Jul 30, 2012
En este ensayo se presenta una reseña de la amplia literatura sobre las causas y efectos sociales de la violencia crónica en América Latina y se detallan las maneras diversas en que la violencia mina las relaciones sociales y el apoyo a la democracia.

Taxation and Equality in Latin America

Jun 04, 2012
Last year, the Wilson Center and the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina convened a conference featuring leading tax experts throughout the Hemisphere. The results are summarized in this bulletin.
In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America, edited by Cynthia J. Arnson

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

May 29, 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.

The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change

Mar 22, 2012
This essay introduces the concept of the “rebellion” of criminal networks” to explain the current dynamic of and context within which organized crime operates. The author also outlines the changes that have fostered the emergence of local markets for illegal drugs. The essay concludes with ten recommendations.

Chronic Violence and its Reproduction: Perverse Trends in Social Relations, Citizenship, and Democracy in Latin America

Nov 01, 2011
This report reviews a broad literature on the causes and social effects of chronic violence in Latin America and details the consistent and diverse ways that chronic violence undermines social relations and support for democracy.

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.