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A Colombian anti-drugs police officer arranges packages of cocaine to be shown to the press on May 29, 2013, in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Anti-narcotics unit of the National Police seized 1,4 tons of cocaine during an operation called "Republic 41". Authorities said the drug would be sent to Guatemala and belonged to the criminal gang "Los Rastrojos". AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States is Losing the War on Drugs in the Americas

Eradication and interdiction are not foreign impositions, but essential pillars of any counternarcotics strategy, augmenting and working in concert with prevention and treatment-oriented policies.  

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (C) arrives at a coca plantation in Pueblo Nuevo, Briceno municipality, Antioquia department, Colombia, on May 15, 2017. 
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leftist guerrillas inaugurated a plan to eradicate coca plantations and replace them with legal crops. / AFP PHOTO / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace, Drugs, and Tough Love for Colombia’s Santos in Washington

With coca production rising, Venezuela melting down next door, and a Trump administration ambivalent about a peace deal with the FARC, the embattled Colombian president has a lot on his plate.

FARC guerrillas march in column during a review at their camp in the Transitional Standardization Zone in Pondores, La Guajira department, Colombia on April 3, 2017.
The Colombian government reported that the FARC guerrillas provided a total list with the names of the 6,084 members of the rebel group who have gathered in 26 "standardization zones" across the country, where they are building accomodations that will house them until the end of the disarmament process, outlined in the peace agreement reached in November 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Joaquin Sarmiento        (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombia’s Tenuous Peace Needs U.S. Support

Donald Trump must help Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos keep the peace.

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Colombia’s Santos Heads to White House to Urge Closer Ties

In the middle of a wave of scandals and just ahead of Trump’s big foreign trip, Juan Manuel Santos brings a wish list to the White House.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addresses the opening the XXX International Book Fair of Bogota on April 25, 2017 in Bogota, Colombia.
The nation of France and its contribution to literature is the fair's guest of honor this year. / AFP PHOTO / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

A conversation with Juan Carlos Pinzoń, the Colombian ambassador to the United States.

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The Best Things of 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ was released. But what else happened this past year that calls for celebrating?

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The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead: Vive Le Pen, Don’t Take out Banners in Russia, and Maybe Cabinet Picks

From Mitt Romney to Marine Le Pen, Italian politics to a Colombian peace deal, here's what happened in the world this weekend.

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Colombian Government Says New Peace Deal Final, Senate to Meet Soon

The opposition may want peace deal negotiations to continue, but Colombia's government has other ideas.

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The Weekend Behind, The Week Ahead: Bias-Based Crimes in America, Elections in Bulgaria, Peace Deal in Colombia, Obama off to Europe

Here's the rundown of what happened this past weekend and what to look for this week while you sip your Monday morning coffee.

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Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?

FP staffers talk about their reporting on the ground in South Sudan and Colombia and how war crimes, revolution, women, and Washington all played a role in those countries’ faltering peace processes.

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 02:  Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) makes the victory/peace sign with son Martin Santos (L), wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez (2nd R) and daughter Maria Antonia Santos (R) after voting in the referendum on a peace accord to end the 52-year-old guerrilla war between the FARC and the state on October 2, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. The guerrilla war is the longest-running armed conflict in the Americas and has left 220,000 dead. The plan calls for a disarmament and re-integration of most of the estimated 7,000 FARC fighters.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

What Good Is a Nobel Peace Prize in Colombia?

Some see the Nobel Peace Prize as an inspiration for Colombians to seek peace. Others see it as an affront against the president's opponents.

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The Unthinkable Olive Branch

Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.

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