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September 21, 2020
September 21 marks the United Nations International Day of Peace, an opportunity to reinvigorate the fight for freedom and stability across the world. In celebration of World Peace Day, the International Republican Institute (... Read More
July 14, 2020
Colombian democracy has made remarkable strides in recent years – overcoming a legacy of tackling endemic corruption, domestic terrorism and poor governance. Yet numerous challenges remain, including building a democracy that is inclusive and truly representative. Despite electing a female vice... Read More
December 30, 2019
As Colombia continues efforts to end its own 50-year internal conflict, it has been hit with a mass migrant influx from neighboring Venezuela, under the thumb of Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarian regime. Colombia’s humanitarian response to this latest crisis and its long-term peace and security rest... Read More
July 09, 2019
Boarding my plane after two years of service in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, I thought that working in Colombia’s peacebuilding would be easy. This turned out to be naive. Almost three years after the signing of a peace... Read More
March 27, 2019
The Catatumbo, a region in Colombia’s northeastern border with Venezuela, has long been at the heart of the country’s violent conflict due its strategic location for drug trafficking and other illegal activities—and its historically... Read More
December 14, 2018
La guerra de 50 años en Colombia dejó un legado de deserción escolar. Testimonio de ello son las escuelas abandonadas a lo largo del país, un hecho que acentúa la brecha entre el campo y la ciudad. Los artistas Juan Manuel Echavarría y Fernando Grisalez llevan más de 20 años recorriendo el país... Read More
October 31, 2018
Over the past two years, use of the ballot box has become relatively routine for Colombia’s citizens. Citizens have voted in the October 2016 peace plebiscite, legislative and presidential elections and the most recent anti-corruption... Read More
August 24, 2018
People run for office for a variety of reasons, some of which are altruistic and stem from a desire to improve their communities and make a difference, while others are entirely ego-driven or power seeking. In either case, very few truly know what to expect when they take office. Campaigns are... Read More
August 15, 2018
Youth political participation and leadership is critical to a functioning democracy. In Colombia, only four out of 10 young people vote and... Read More
June 08, 2018
Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday, May 27 proved memorable. It was the first presidential election after the end of the Colombian conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of... Read More

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