Colombia: Background, Issues and U.S. Relations

Augusto Jacinto Espino

Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book is a compilation of CRS reports on Columbia, its background and US relations (explored in Chapter One). Colombia is the third most populous country in Latin America, with roughly 49 million inhabitants. A key US ally in the region, Colombia has endured an internal armed conflict for half a century.

In Chapter Two of this book, Colombia’s drug policies and how they have evolved are examined in light of Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and its changing counternarcotics policy.

The next reports examine a revised peace accord that was signed by President Juan Manual Santos (in 2016) and FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in an effort to end half a century of armed conflict. The last chapter focuses on the Pacific Alliance, a regional integration initiative formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru on April 28, 2011, which was developed as a way to supplement existing trade agreements among the four countries.

Chapter 1. Colombia: Background and U.S. Relations

Chapter 2. Colombia’s Changing Approach to Drug Policy

Chapter 3. Colombia Adopts Revised Peace Accord: What Next?

Chapter 4. U.S. Foreign Assistance as Colombia's Peace Talks on Cusp of Completion

Chapter 5. The Pacific Alliance: A Trade Integration Initiative in Latin America

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