Colombia

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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes Nicolás Oviedo Dávila (LSE).

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Differential health outcomes are driven by both structural and internalised forms of discrimination, so strategies targeting health disparities amongst Afro-Colombians must adopt an integrated approach, writes Maria Cecilia Dedios (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).

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    Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

La desmovilización de este grupo armado es una oportunidad que no debe perderse. Dados la salida de las FARC y el proceso de paz con el ELN, puede llevar presencia estatal a todo el país y concretar el camino hacia la paz, escriben Juan David Gélvez y Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).

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    The effectiveness of Trump’s revived ‘drug war’ rhetoric has already been rejected in Latin America

The effectiveness of Trump’s revived ‘drug war’ rhetoric has already been rejected in Latin America

Under Donald Trump, US federal drug policy has undergone a fairly dramatic reversal. The Obama administration’s criticisms of the ‘war on drugs’ are gone, replaced by a seeming return to eradication policies in key drug producer countries. John Collins (LSE US Centre International Drug Policy Unit) argues that the Trump administration’s return to unilateral, aggressive, supply-side and law enforcement-based approaches is likely to face […]

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    From suffrage to insurgency, female rebelliousness has always been crucial to peace in Colombia

From suffrage to insurgency, female rebelliousness has always been crucial to peace in Colombia

The feminist movement in Colombia has a long and complex history. Its collective political activities have constructed different subjects made up of multiple identities and political perspectives, yet they have always been united by their desire for peace and their spirit of revolt, writes Erika Rodríguez Gómez (LSE Centre for Women, Peace, and Security).

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    Los Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial pueden transformar la ruralidad y fortalecer la paz en Colombia

Los Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial pueden transformar la ruralidad y fortalecer la paz en Colombia

El proceso de los PDET permitirá que los conflictos sociales sean gestionados a través de la deliberación democrática y del respeto por la diferencia, ayudando a construir una nueva institucionalidad amplia y capaz con un profundo potencial transformador, escribe Mariana Escobar Arango (Agencia para la Renovación del Territorio).

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    Del feminismo sufragista al insurgente: la rebeldía de las mujeres como clave para la paz en Colombia

Del feminismo sufragista al insurgente: la rebeldía de las mujeres como clave para la paz en Colombia

El movimiento feminista en Colombia cuenta con una larga y compleja trayectoria.  En su accionar político colectivo ha construido sujetos diversos, constituidos por múltiples identidades y opciones políticas, cuyo punto de encuentro es la aspiración por la paz y la rebeldía, escribe Erika Rodríguez Gómez (LSE Centre for Women, Peace, and Security).

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    Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Drawing on his research in Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, and Colombia, Adam Baird argues that only by understanding the multiple roles of masculinites in driving gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean will we stand a chance of tackling chronic urban violence.