Center for International Policy

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 00:00
In July 2000, President Clinton signed into law a big aid package called “Plan Colombia,” with the ambitious goal of helping Colombia to resolve its related problems of drug trafficking and violence. Since then, the United States has given Colombia $4
Monday, October 16, 2006 - 00:00
In late September and early October, we saw a flurry of activity around the possibility of talks between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. This activity raised hopes for a prisoner-exchange deal that might free about sixty politicians, mil
Friday, October 6, 2006 - 00:00
Álvaro Leyva, a former Colombian senator and minister who has been involved in his country's peace processes since the 1980s, is serving as a facilitator for what might become a round of talks with the FARC guerrillas.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 00:00
The president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, will be in Washington tomorrow for a brief visit. Uribe’s hard-line security policies have made him popular at home, giving him a landslide re-election victory on May 28. Uribe hopes to maintain (or even i
Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 00:00
At 5:00 yesterday (Good Friday), the U.S. government announced that coca cultivation in Colombia last year totaled 144,000 hectares, a level not seen since 2002. While this appears to be a 30,000-hectare increase over 2004 levels, the White House Drug Cza
Friday, April 7, 2006 - 00:00
"I look forward to an honest discussion later this year when Congress debates the reauthorization of Plan Colombia," reads an April 6 memo to colleagues from Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-New York). (This memo's text is at the end of this message.). &q
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 - 00:00
2006 marks the first time in my ten years that I am seeing even slight reductions in military assistance to the Western Hemisphere. This owes in no small part to the American Servicemembers' Protection Act (ASPA), which cuts some military aid to countries
Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 00:00
The Defense Department continues to expand its control over foreign military training programs that were once the exclusive province of the Department of State, lessening congressional oversight and weakening the relation of military assistance to overall
Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 00:00
El Departamento de Defensa tiene cada vez mas control sobre los programas de capacitacion para militares extranjeros, los cuales estaban antes bajo la supervision exclusiva del Departamento de Estado, reduciendo asi el control legislativo y distorsi
Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - 00:00
Unfortunately, rather than examples of progress, each of these cases demonstrate the particular weakness of the Colombian judicial system, and the Colombian government's failure to seriously investigate and prosecute members of the military involved in hu