Analysis & Commentary

“Concentration Zones”: the Perplexing Key to a Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombia

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana and possible future announcements by the negotiating parties, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces on how to ensure a successful bilateral ceasefire.

Women are Bearing the Brunt of our Most Punitive Drug Policies

From Colombia to Thailand, drug policy reforms are urgently needed to end the mass incarceration of women for drug offences. Here’s what we can do about it.

Can U.S. Engagement with Cuba Encourage Improvements in Human Rights and Political Freedoms?

Cuba has been undergoing a process of change in recent years on the economic front. These changes are significant, and affect the daily lives of people on the island. The question remains – can these internal changes and the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations help encourage greater political space on the island?

Evaluating Cannabis Legalization

Rapporteur’s Report of the ACLU-WA/WOLA Workshop
Leading cannabis policy experts and government officials gathered in Seattle to discuss how jurisdictions can best evaluate legal cannabis.

Factsheet: Reforms in 21st Century Cuba

Over the past few years, the Cuban government has initiated a gradual but important process of reform. This includes economic changes that are moving a significant portion of the population out of the public sector and towards private employment.

Trade and Engagement with Cuba: What the U.S Government Should Do This Year

While the Obama administration has made major strides on U.S.-Cuba relations, there are a number of actions that it can still do between now and the end of the year that would decisively move the relationship, even as Congress considers whether to end the embargo.

14 Steps the Obama Administration Can Take to Advance U.S.-Cuba Relations

In the U.S. relationship with Cuba, the President can take steps that would improve business opportunities, open new possibilities for U.S. philanthropy, expand American travel, bring health and medicinal benefits to the American people, and strengthen our security.

What Can be Learned from Brazil’s “Pacification” Police Model?

The successes and failures of Rio de Janeiro's Police Pacification Units offers important lessons learned for other countries in the region looking to move away from "mano dura" security policies.