Colombia Concedes Political Participation to FARC

On Wednesday, Colombian officials conceded a key topic of negotiation in ongoing peace talks with the nation’s largest Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization, Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). They have agreed to allow political participation and eventual integration of FARC into Colombia’s democratic processes. The issue of future political participation has been one of the most…

Economic Progress in Colombia

Since initiating market reforms in 1990 under the administration of President César Gaviria, Colombia’s economy has climbed from a GNI of $38 billion to over $435 billion today [1], with an expected growth rate of %4. GDP per capita increased a full 496% in the same time period; from $1,600 in 1990, to an estimated…

Transformation in Colombia

With a recent history of destabilizing violence from various radical narcotics groups such as the FARC, Colombia has surprised many observers of the region over the past two decades by transforming the outlook for the country from desperate and violent, to leading the region in stability and growth. In hosting the Summit of the Americas in…