Colombia

Video

A Conversation with Álvaro Uribe Vélez

Speaker: Alvaro Uribe Vélez
Presider: Sergio J. Galvis

Listen to Álvaro Uribe Vélez, president of Colombia, speak about his administration's achievements and the challenges facing Colombia.

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Op-Ed

Why Colombia?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Washington Independent

Colombia’s role in the War on Drugs and its potential as a free trade partner makes it a lucrative part of John McCain’s foreign policy, writes Julia Sweig.   

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Op-Ed

Medellin Wonders What Pelosi, Sweeney are Smoking

Author: Amity Shlaes
Bloomberg

To most U.S. citizens Medellin is code for all that is wrong with Latin America - the lawlessness, the drugs, the delusion that a network of thugs substitutes for a real economy. Congress feels about the same way- the approval of a bilateral free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia is in doubt. Amity Shlaes writes that a recent trip to this city found a powerful turnaround that argues not only for endorsing the FTA, but also taking a second look at the region.

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Analysis Brief

Colombia's 'Drugs and Thugs'

Under President Alvaro Uribe's "democratic security" initiative, data suggests security in Colombia has improved significantly. But the country remains the world's biggest producer of cocaine, the rebel group FARC controls many rural areas, and paramilitaries show signs of regrouping.

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