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What else is coming down with Colombia’s crumbling pyramids?

While the world has been preoccupied with a swelling global financial crisis, Colombia has been busy with one of its own making. Two weeks ago a few notorious Ponzi schemes such…

Bolivia and Colombia now have something in common: frustration with U.S. trade policy

Starting this weekend, and for the first time since 1991, Bolivia’s products no longer enjoy preferential access when entering the United States, unlike those from Colombia, Ecuador, and…

Colombia buying weapons from Russia?

It is not surprising that Venezuela, Bolivia, and other Latin American governments are strengthening their military ties with Russia. Since the United States suspended arms sells to Venezuela…

The Growing Presence of Mexican Cartels in Latin America

On the night of 18 October, Mexican Police raided a party in the outskirts of Mexico City. Like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster, the party featured exotic…

The Next President’s Policies Toward Latin America

Back in 2000 then-candidate George W. Bush pledged to make this a “Century of the Americas.” ”Our future cannot be separated from the future of Latin America,” then-candidate…

The use of the Red Cross in Operation Jaque: Why did it take a leaked video for us to find out?

It was CNN that first reported on July 15 that a military officer had apparently used the Red Cross emblem during Operation Jaque. CNN had seen a tape…

The Growing Balloon

The balloon effect is considered to be one of the greatest failings or challenges of supply-side counternarcotics policies. As authorities attempt to diminish cocaine production in a region,…

Colombia as Israel and the Andes as the Middle East?

On March 3, Venezuelan President Chávez called the Colombian government the “Israel of Latin America” stating, “we aren’t going to permit Colombia to become the Israel of these…

The Crisis Has Been Overcome?

After six days of tension which led some to fear inter-state armed conflict in the Andes, the conflict was declared “overcome” by Presidents Uribe, Correa, Chávez, and Ortega…

Civil Society Reacts in Latin America

This week has been characterized by a lot of saber-rattling and microphone diplomacy by the region’s dignitaries. At the OAS, virtually every country in the region took a…

Raúl Reyes 1948-2008: Internal and Regional Implications

Early Saturday morning, the Colombian armed forces bombed a target on the Ecuadorian side of the Colombian-Ecuadorian border where they believed Raúl Reyes, the second in command of…

February 4 vs. March 6: Moving Toward Peace or Creating Divisions?

On February 4, 2008, millions of Colombians stepped out to the streets to protest against the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). In Bogotá some streets were abandoned…

Arming the Colombia-Venezuela Border

As relations between Colombia and Venezuela deteriorate, U.S. officials took the opportunity this week to express their disappointment with Venezuelan President Chávez during visits to Colombia. On Thursday…