Colombia

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    From Bolivian cocaine to Colombian gold, low-level involvement in illicit economies is often driven by poverty and marginalisation

From Bolivian cocaine to Colombian gold, low-level involvement in illicit economies is often driven by poverty and marginalisation

Across Latin America, many impoverished communities rely on income from illicit economies for their survival, yet international development agencies and NGOs have long been reluctant to confront this uncomfortable truth and address its development implications. Drawing on the inaugural issue of LSE’s Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, Allan Gillies (University of Glasgow) looks at what international policy and research communities can do […]

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    Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una consecuencia no intencionada del proceso de paz en Colombia ha sido el recrudecimiento de los asesinatos de líderes de comunidades locales, con más de 500 asesinatos ocurridos desde el 2011. Estos líderes han sido asesinados principalmente por grupos armados ilegales que no participaron del proceso de paz, con el objetivo de ejercer control en zonas previamente controladas por las […]

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    A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

One crucial unintended consequence of the Colombian peace process has been a surge in the targeted killing of local community leaders, with over 500 assassinated since 2011. Leaders tend to be killed by armed groups excluded from the peace process that aim to thwart civilian mobilisation in order to consolidate control over formerly FARC-held areas. Those areas with higher judicial inefficiency and where […]

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    Elites, violence, and the crisis of governance in Latin America

Elites, violence, and the crisis of governance in Latin America

Relations between the state and oligarchic elites underpin the extreme rise of violence in Latin America, despite the fact that most of its victims and perpetrators are poor: violence is as much a problem of wealth as of poverty. Jenny Pearce (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre) discusses her working paper for our new Violence, Security, and Peace series, Elites and Violence in Latin America: […]

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    The best bookshops in Latin America and the Caribbean: Bogotá, Colombia

The best bookshops in Latin America and the Caribbean: Bogotá, Colombia

Which are the best bookshops for academics to visit in Latin America and the Caribbean? As part of their series of Bookshop Guides, our colleagues at LSE Review of Books have been finding out. Here Daniel Osorio (Banco de la República) gives us a tour of the best bookshops in Bogotá, Colombia.

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    The Venezuelan exodus: placing Latin America in the global conversation on migration management

The Venezuelan exodus: placing Latin America in the global conversation on migration management

Though Venezuelan emigration has passed through phases like those of the European migration crisis, issues of foreign policy have seen Latin America respond quite differently to large-scale migration, write Nicolas Parent and Luisa Feline Freier (Universidad del Pacífico, Peru).

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    Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

El programa de Iván Duque podría resultar en una mayor concentración del poder tanto político como económico. Su énfasis en las industrias extractivas no responde a desafíos claves como la baja productividad, los bajos salarios y la desigualdad extrema, escribe Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

El hecho de que ambas candidatas a la vicepresidencia sean mujeres representa un avance, pero las trayectorias y agendas disímiles de Marta Lucía Ramírez y Ángela Robledo pueden tener impactos muy distintos para el futuro de Colombia, escribe Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

Los héroes invisibles de Colombia

La experiencia de la Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó demuestra que las víctimas de los conflictos armados son también productores y creadores, cuyo conocimiento podría contribuir a una comprensión de construcción de paz con orientación hacia el futuro que beneficiaría a todos los colombianos, escribe Gwen Burnyeat (University College London).

Colombia’s unsung heroes

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó shows that victims of armed conflict are also producers and creators whose knowledge could contribute to a future-oriented understanding of peace-building that would benefit all Colombians, writes Gwen Burnyeat (University College London).