Ten considerations on the first round in Colombia
Rodolfo Hernández is the big surprise. His outsider condition and anti-politics advocate against traditional elitism enjoys a remarkable audience. A better than expected breeding ground for a candidate who is a sort of Donald Trump.
Colombia struggles between continuity and rupture
Given the inheritance to be received by the next president, what is at stake in the upcoming elections seems to gravitate between Gutierrez’s continuity and Petro’s rupture.
Gustavo Petro: facing a historic opportunity
Colombia has been one of the countries with the most conservative traditions in the continent. It was only at the beginning of the 1990s with the approval of the Constitution (1991) that the left had some sort of political protagonism.
Colombia: five years of unfulfilled peace
Next month marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord, a peace that has found in the government of Iván Duque a textbook saboteur who, through non-compliance, delays and resistance, has blurred the process.
Petro and Castillo: Andean Anomalies
Colombia and Peru share similarities. After the end of the Cold War, they maintained their armed conflicts, experienced the most radical liberalization policies of the continent and the marked centralism led the elites to live with their backs turned to the needs of a large part of the population.
It Wasn’t False Positives, Only State Terrorism
During the presidency of Álvaro Uribe, 6,402 innocent civilians were killed by State agents and presented to the public as guerrillas. It is time to continue advancing in the clarification of responsibility, the traceability of the decisions and the indictment of the perpetrators.
FARC faces its own reflection
More than four years have passed since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the FARC-EP guerrillas and the Colombian government led by Juan Manuel Santos. In spite of the simplistic reductionisms, lies, and furious attacks of Uribism on the Agreement, analytical reports with profound social scientific rigor, such as that by the Kroc Institute … Continued
National Liberation Army: The Longest-Lived Guerrilla in Latin America
The ELN is in a comfortable situation, of territorial and operational readjustment, and Venezuela is an invaluable scenario. This, taking into account the strategic advantages, of withdrawal and of obtaining resources that it provides to the guerrilla, and which in turn discourages any negotiating framework.
Colombia’s multiple wars
We are faced with multiple wars that are leading and blurring a violence that is increasingly difficult to characterize. All of this violence continues to take place in forgotten, peripheral and coca-growing Colombia, where the Peace Accord and any hint of implementation remain today a mere chimera.
Macondo’s nightmare or the peace that couldn’t be
The Colombia we dreamed of four years ago is, at present, a worrying dystopia. It is a government that has always been comfortable in the discourse of war and where the electoral and political wealth allows for the understanding of such dire figures as Alvaro Uribe.