Colombia

Demonstrators burn a makeshift U.S. flag during a rally in Tehran on May 10.

The World This Weekend

U.S. relations with Iran continued to unravel as South Africa went to the polls.

Venezuelans cross improvised walkways over the border at the Táchira River, between Cúcuta, Colombia, and San Antonio Del Táchira, Venezuela, on March 18. Some are refugees fleeing the country, others go to retrieve supplies that are scarce in Venezuela as a result of the ongoing political and economic crisis.

Venezuela’s Exile Economy

In Colombia, refugees are changing how cities work.

People raise their hands during a mass opposition rally against President Nicolás Maduro, during which Juan Guaidó declared himself Venezuela's acting president, in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela Unraveled

On the Podcast: A human rights activist describes life under Maduro.

A Venezuelan family at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on January 10. (Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Why Colombia Opened Its Arms to Venezuelan Migrants—Until Now

For years, Colombians fleeing violence left for Venezuela. Now mass migration flows the other way.

A farmer carries a sack of coca leaves in a field in the Guaviare department, Colombia, on Sept. 25, 2017. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Swapping Cocaine for Peace

A voluntary coca crop substitution initiative in Colombia is failing. It is still the country’s best option to address its cocaine production problem.

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The Books We Read in 2018

Some of Foreign Policy’s favorite reads of the year.

A photo of Vanessa García when she was 16 with her 27-year-old boyfriend, who used the alias Darío Lulo, during their time with the FARC. Vanessa became pregnant and says she was forced to abort his child. (Erika Piñeros for Foreign Policy)

The Women Abandoned by Peace

Victims of sexual violence and forced abortion during Colombia’s long years of conflict have yet to see justice.

Venezuelan migrants living in Medellin, Colombia, sleep as they wait to attend the second Job Fair for Venezuelans in Colombia on Sept. 27. (Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s Collapse Threatens Colombia’s Hard-Won Stability

Washington must help Bogotá shoulder the burden of refugees.

Kandahar Air Field on Sep. 9, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.

Brazilian congressman and presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, waves to the crowd during a military event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 3, 2018.

Latin America’s Center Cannot Hold If It Doesn’t Exist

Mainstream establishment parties across the continent have been replaced by populists offering easy and empty answers.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

A supporter of Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro for the Colombia Humana Party holds a poster during a campaign rally in Cali, Colombia, on June 9, (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Sunday’s election is widely seen as a referendum on the historic peace accord with the FARC.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

Hezbollah supporters rally in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Barack Obama did too little to curb the militant group, especially in Latin America. Donald Trump should do more.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference at the White House on May 18, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Colombia Is Ready to Join the Club

The United States should help its Latin American ally become a member of the OECD.

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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