The Colombian Congress' recent passage of a controversial law limiting the potential punishment of paramilitary groups in exchange for their disarmament has sparked a heated debate. In a recent seminar at the Center, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William B. Wood defended the law and emphasized the difficult tradeoff between peace and justice.
Following the end of Mexico's facilitation of the peace process in Colombia, Ambassador Andrés Valencia remarks on the talks between the ELN and the government.
#15 in our Reports on the Americas series, this book examines the dramatic changes that have taken place in Cuban society since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Download the book from the our Wilson Center Reports on the Americas webpage.The Spanish version of this report will be available soon.
#14 in our Reports on the Americas series. The book is a summary and examination of negotiations aimed at the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, with special attention to the positions of Mercosur countries. The volume was completed with financial support from the Tinker Foundation and the GE Foundation. Download a copy from our Wilson Center Reports on the Americas webpage.
Information on the Latin American Program's activities since Spring 2004. Transitions to Democracy 25th Anniversary, White House Chiefs of Staff and Trade Policy, Brazil Under Lula, Colombia Peace Process, Media Perceptions of U.S.-Mexico Relations, and more!Download from the Noticias section of our Publications webpage.
"Percepciones Hemisfericas sobre la Crisis Colombiana," the newest title in our Update on the Americas - Creating Community Series, is now available. Download the update from our Update on the Americas - Creating Community webpage.
"The Role of the Media in the Consolidation of Democracy," a Special Report of the Latin American Program, is a result of a conference co-sponsored with the Organization of American States on November 15, 2004. Download the report from our Special Reports webpage.
In July 2003, the government of President Álvaro Uribe took the unprecedented step of opening formal peace talks with the AUC. Although close to 900 paramilitary fighters demobilized last year, issues such as paramilitary involvement in drug trafficking and accountability for human rights abuses have raised controversy in Colombia and abroad. This Report is the compilation of papers presented for a conference on June 28, 2004 that explored key issues in the Government-AUC peace talks, the prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement, and the key challenges ahead. Download this Report from our Report on the Americas section of our Publications webpage. Read the summary of the meeting on our Events webpage.
On December 6 Fernando Henrique Cardoso spoke to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Transitions from Authoritarian Rule Project at the Wilson Center.
"Toward a More Engaged Citizenry: A Citizen Security Action-Research Project"Download the report from our e-Update section our Publications webpage.