Juan Manuel Santos
Peace process under strain as Colombia gears up for election
Colombia's peace agreement has not led to the immediate prosperity many in the country were hoping for. Violence is still common, the economy is lagging, and refugees from neighboring Venezuela are flooding into the country. The May presidential election could help the peace process move forward – or tear it apart, depending on which candidate wins.
Colombia finds peace brings burdens
Fresh from winning a Nobel Peace Prize, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos must find a way to implement the complicated peace agreement that ended a 40-year civil war. Battling criminal gangs, restoring land to displaced people, and absorbing tens of thousands of guerrilla fighters back into society will be a difficult task. Coca and corruption remain huge problems, and Mr. Santos’ ruling party must fend off a powerful adversary in Alvaro Uribe, an opponent of the peace deal who will challenge in next year’s elections.
Global Outlook 2017: Latin America’s Trump problem
Geography will have a big impact on Latin America in the coming year: the closer a country is to the United States, the worse off it will be. What President Donald Trump does will shape developments in the region, as will the prices of key commodities. If Mr. Trump decides on collaboration instead of unilateral demands, however, the region could see positive developments.
Colombia’s peace pact: now comes the hard part
The Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas have signed a long-awaited peace agreement. Now comes the hard part: making it work. There is no guarantee that Colombians will approve the deal in a referendum on October 2. If they do, there will be many other challenges ahead, including asserting state control over the entire country and reintegrating fighters into society. Though all of that will be difficult, the alternative is much worse.
Global trends: Latin America seeks growth as leaders straggle
Latin America has reached an inflection point. Recent developments suggest that parts of the region will make significant economic strides over the next few years. However, its two biggest economies – Brazil and Mexico – are stuck in the doldrums, and their politics may be in even worse shape. <i>This report is par...
Special Report on Colombia: a country on the mend
Over the past few years, Colombia has been one of Latin America’s economic success stories. Now, as the civil war that ravaged it for 50 years finally approaches a negotiated end, the country is looking forward to collecting a vast peace dividend. Projections for 2015 and 2016 place Colombia among the fastest growing nat...
Colombia makes positive economic and social progress
Colombia has a host of problems but the government of President Juan Manuel Santos is making real progress on several fronts. The economy is outperforming most of its Latin American neighbours and foreign direct investment is pouring in. Peace talks to end 50 years of violence from the guerilla group Farc continue but further reforms are needed to reduce inequality...
Santos aims to make 2015 the year of peace for Colombia
Colombia faces a host of interlocking problems, but its president could achieve a landmark peace negotiation in 2015 and resolve other outstanding issues for its economy. Its rich natural resources have helped Colombia outperform its Latin American neighbours but there is work to do in reforming taxes, the justice system and making it more attractive to foreign dir...
Santos faces three challenges to exploit Colombia’s potential
Peace negotiations with Marxist rebels, more foreign direct investment and better social stability – those are the challenges facing newly re-elected Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. State incapacity and inefficiency are barriers to progress, but if the conflict with the guerrillas ends, most economists believe that in five years Colombia would be a member o...