Category Archives: Colombia

Colombia’s Peace Talks

On August 27, 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government would begin peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as an attempt to end the 49-year civil conflict.[1] After six months of negotiations, the … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Economy and Crime

On May 31, the Venezuelan Central Bank announced that Venezuela’s economy grew by .07 percent in the first quarter of the year. This news illustrates the grim economic reality of the country, an enormous challenge for President Nicolas Maduro. The … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Biodiversity Conservation

Though the second country with greatest biodiversity in the world, Colombia ranks 27 among the 40 most highly unfunded countries for biodiversity conservation. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) failed to reduce the rates of biodiversity loss by 2010. To improve … Continue reading

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Making an Impact: Lessons and Encounters in the Social Business Sector

This summer I am interning at Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that provides early stage social entrepreneurs with access to capital, networks, and resources in Latin America. Social businesses are those organizations that are financially sustainable and make an economic, … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Legitimacy Crisis and Latin America’s Response

On May 29, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles in Bogota. The meeting came as Capriles begins a Latin American tour to make his case that last April’s presidential election was fraudulent. This was … Continue reading

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United States – Colombia Environmental Cooperation Agreement

On May 15th of 2012, Colombia and the United States signed a free trade agreement called the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) that eliminates tariffs and other barriers to trade in goods and services between the two countries. An increase in … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Political Paralysis

Since the April 14th presidential elections, Venezuela has been in a state of political paralysis not seen since 2002-2003.  The narrow victory by President Nicolas Maduro over Henrique Capriles has led to extreme polarization – Capriles has challenged the election … Continue reading

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Medellin: Most Innovative City in the World

Last month the Wall Street Journal granted Medellin – Colombia’s second largest city – the title of “Innovative City of the Year”. This title results from a competition launched by the WSJ and the Urban Land Institute and sponsored by … Continue reading

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Post-Chavez Venezuela

On the afternoon of March 5th, Vice President Nicolas Maduro informed Venezuelans that President Hugo Chavez had passed away after battling cancer for over two years. The government has announced a 7-day period of mourning, while Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles … Continue reading

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The Pacific Alliance

On January 30th, the Presidents of the Pacific Alliance’s Member States agreed to liberalize intra-trade by 90% by March 31st. The move would bring tariffs down to a mere 10%, a significant reduction in the region given the rising protectionism … Continue reading

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