Colombia’s pivotal role in the Western Hemisphere

The latest round of peace negotiations began on July 28, 2013, with Andres Paris and Jesus Santrich representing the FARC (photo:dpa)
The latest round of peace negotiations began on July 28, 2013, with Andres Paris and Jesus Santrich representing the FARC (photo:dpa)

Colombia has been known mostly for its 50-year conflict with a guerrilla army, drug trafficking and criminal violence. But that reputation has started to shift. Peace talks are underway with the rebels, the economy is growing and, with its current president, Juan Manuel Santos, the country is playing a pivotal role in the politics of the Western Hemisphere.

<i>Colombia’s rapid expansion of its energy resources in the last decade has had a big impact on the region and made it an attractive destination for foreign investment. But the country has not just become a major global player in the energy market. Under the leadership of President Juan Manuel Santos, it is playing a criti...

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