Global actors can interact along local value chains through international trade and foreign direct investment flows. By leveraging the value-chain approach for rural areas, recent policies have led to economic and social upgrading in Latin America, writes Ramón Padilla Pérez (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean).
As Colombia enters its most important electoral cycle in recent history, right-wing proposals for renewed militarisation are gaining ground on support for the peace process, while the left remains highly divided. In these extreme conditions, there exists a real danger that the peace process could be reversed, writes Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá).
If the problems and potential of environmental licensing are not taken seriously in this year’s policy debates and electoral campaigns, future development and economic recovery could trigger environmental degradation far more serious than any single mega-dam project, write Mark S. Langevin and Olivia Smith (both George Washington University).
Colombia’s Truth Commission must break away from dominant ideas of ‘turning the page’ through a ritual of purification. It needs instead to adopt a transformative approach to transitional justice, truth commissions, and collective memory, as well as creating a broad-based ‘National Dialogue for Truth’ that goes beyond regulating the Commission and involves society as a whole, writes Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).
El Salvador’s legislative and municipal elections on Sunday, 4 March, 2018, kick off an election cycle that will stretch through to next year’s presidential ballot. A desperate security situation, threats to Salvadoran migrants in the US, and a growing generation gap in traditional parties could mean a bumpy ride for the country’s politics, writes Adrian Bergmann (Central American University).
¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas
En lugar de tratar a las mujeres como dependientes o inferiores, las reparaciones podrían reforzar la construcción de ciudadanía con perspectiva de género en el largo plazo. Hace falta cambiar su enfoque, escribe Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).
Publicly condoning military action and using economic sanctions to provoke it will only exacerbate Venezuelan suffering and further damage the tattered reputation of the US on democracy and human-rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, writes Timothy M. Gill (University of North Carolina, Wilmington).
Ciudad Juárez operates as a necropolis where femicide legislation coexists with reductionist and patriarchal approaches to gender violence. The victims of killings and disappearances are presented as prostitutes, and those who investigate are seen to be staining the city’s good name. Mexico’s lax justice system and the free-trade zones of the maquiladora industry provide the enabling context, writes María Encarnación López (London Metropolitan University).