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Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.
Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.

The U.N.’s Small Success Stories

The organization has been criticized aplenty this week. Its missions in Colombia, Honduras, and Venezuela could be a silver lining.

A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.
A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.

Venezuela’s Enabling Neighbors Change Their Tune

Former Maduro allies in Colombia and Brazil have recently rebuked him.

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.
Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.

Can Petro Move Colombia Away From Oil?

If his presidency goes according to plan, the country could become the world’s biggest crude exporter to halt new exploration.

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The Fed Interest Rate Hike

Plus: Colombia’s critical election on Sunday.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá on May 29.
Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá on May 29.

Colombia’s Fight for the Center

An anti-establishment candidate’s late surge in the country’s presidential race has transformed the election.

Petro, a man in a suit, gestures while talking in front of a blue background.
Petro, a man in a suit, gestures while talking in front of a blue background.

The Realpolitik of Gustavo Petro

The lifelong outsider has built a campaign team of political insiders in an attempt to win the Colombian presidency.

Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.
Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.

Is Colombia Ready for a Leftist President?

Election front-runner Gustavo Petro is a former left-wing guerrilla.

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights

Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.
Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.

Colombia’s Left Finds Its Footing

A leftist has never ruled Colombia. But after last week’s primaries, the country’s upcoming presidential election is Gustavo Petro’s to lose.

Duque and Li in Beijing
Duque and Li in Beijing

As China Eyes Colombia, the United States Is AWOL

The country is a test case for Beijing’s encroachment in Latin America.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.

The ICC Doesn’t Look So Interventionist After All

Serious domestic efforts at justice in Colombia have led the court to suspend its longest-running examination to date.

A boy holds a toy gun.
A boy holds a toy gun.

Lockdowns Produced a New Generation of Child Soldiers

In Colombia, armed groups have treated the pandemic as a recruitment opportunity.

Greicy Estefania, the 6-year-old daughter of ex-combatant Esmeralda Ranjel, and her friend Desiree ride their bicycles past a mural of female ex-combatants of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Pondores, Colombia, on Oct. 3.
Greicy Estefania, the 6-year-old daughter of ex-combatant Esmeralda Ranjel, and her friend Desiree ride their bicycles past a mural of female ex-combatants of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Pondores, Colombia, on Oct. 3.

As Colombia’s Peace Crumbles, Female Guerrillas Wonder What’s Left for Them

Many joined the FARC to escape traditional gender roles. Now they’re being forced back.

Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.
Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

Deforestation Déjà Vu at COP26

Past conservation efforts have floundered. Latin American nations will decide whether the new pact succeeds.

Helicopters stand at the Carepa military base, close to where the drug lord Dario Antonio Úsuga was captured, in Antioquia department, Colombia, on Oct. 24.
Helicopters stand at the Carepa military base, close to where the drug lord Dario Antonio Úsuga was captured, in Antioquia department, Colombia, on Oct. 24.

What a Gangster’s Takedown Says About Colombia’s Fragile Peace

The Gulf Clan grew in areas where implementation of the country’s 2016 peace deal has lagged.

People protest the Brazilian president.
People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7.
Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7.

The Hit on Haiti’s President

International observers have stood by as Haiti’s political crisis escalated.

Demonstrators use makeshift shields as they clash with riot police during a new protest against the government in Medellin, Colombia, on June 16.
Demonstrators use makeshift shields as they clash with riot police during a new protest against the government in Medellin, Colombia, on June 16.

Solutions for Colombia’s Social Unrest Are in Short Supply

As negotiations between the government and the strike committee stall, what can Colombia expect in the last year of Duque’s presidency?

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