9803 COHA Report,Peace Talks With Terrorists – Declarations of Santos, Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia Demand Action

Peace Talks With Terrorists – Declarations of Santos

Less than two years away from the next Colombian presidential elections, incumbent Juan Manuel Santos faces a sensitive, if not historic opportunity to finally end the decades-long war between the Colombian government and FARC guerilla group. Yesterday, September 4, Santos presented more details on his peace proposals. As the population still recoils from the failures of ex-president Pastrana’s attempts to negotiate peace, this article explains the importance of Santos’s plan as he wades into dangerous waters.

This article was prepared by Darya Vakulenko, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full article, click here.

Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia Demand Action

In the past few years reports have indicated that the Colombian military has been responsible for over 3,000 extrajudicial murders in the past decade, many of the victims being innocent. This article discusses the motives the army might have for such killings and what can be done to bring these crimes to justice.

This article was prepared by Justin Halatyn, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Coming Together to Strike out on Their Own? – Challenges, Change and Colonial Legacy in the Caribbean

The Caribbean has long existed under the shadow of colonial powerhouses Europe and the United States. In this piece, COHA Research Fellow Liam Whittington explains how the region’s nations are attempting to assert their own identities and autonomy as a unified trading bloc. Yet, Caribbean leaders face a unique challenge in achieving this goal, as many leaders are conflicted between the complex diplomatic relations they maintain from their colonial days and the lucrative investment opportunities from  emerging economic players like China. Whittington traces this situation as he argues for the importance of Caribbean solidarity.

This article was prepared by Liam Whittington, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full article, click here.

COHA Spotlight: COHA Research Fellow W. Alex Sanchez published Mexico will be Listening to Obama at Democratic National Convention in Voxxi.com on Septeember 4, 2012.


 

 

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 | Research Memorandum 12.62

 

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