Tag: Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia on the International Stage

Today, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos travels to Havana to meet with Cuban officials and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, currently convalescing in a Havana hospital. This hastily planned…

The FARC’s announcement to halt kidnapping: why?

The FARC’s announcement last Sunday that the organization will no longer kidnap civilians was a surprise to most observes and experts of the region. The mainstream media has…

On Extraditions and Colombian-Panamanian Ties

Much has been made about Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ success at mending relations with his neighbors to the east and south. Rightly so. Given the difficult situation…

Ideas, not money, will make Central America safer

Boz has a great point about the fresh funding headed to Central America: I think a lesson is that there is no amount of money that the US…

Colombia Elections – Alliances in Numbers

A recent poll in Colombia released on June 3 says Juan Manuel Santos would win 61.6 percent of a vote, whereas Antanas Mockus would win just 29. 8…

Colombia Post-Election Analysis – From the Top

I was extremely lucky to be in Bogota last week, meeting with bunch of different people and talking about what have been some of the most unique and…

Scare Tactics in Colombian Presidential Elections

Soft on Terrorism. The well-worn phrase is one that the US public has grown accustomed to. Like nationalism, it is a tactic that political campaigners use in attempts…

Why Not Being Disliked is as Powerful as Being Liked

I recently wrote an article for the Americas Quarterly blog in which I argued that in Colombia’s second round of elections for the presidency not being disliked may…

Election Season in Colombia

The Constitutional Court’s ruling last night blocking the possibility of President Uribe’s reelection lifted a weight off the country’s shoulders. Even Uribe, who found out about the Court’s decision through…