Analysis & Commentary

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 Ways the United States Can Support a Lasting Peace in Colombia

The 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia provides an excellent opportunity for the U.S. government to learn from the mistakes of the aid package, and ensure that future aid and diplomacy truly contributes to a lasting peace.

Interactive Data Presentation: Explore Plan Colombia's Legacy

WOLA has prepared an interactive data presentation showcasing the lessons of Plan Colombia, and outlining the challenges ahead of a post-conflict Colombia.

Afro-Colombians in the United States and Colombia International Relations

Despite being the collective owners of more than 5.5 million hectares of land, collectively titled and with some of the best natural resources in Colombia and in the world, Afro-Colombians face serious consequences that affect their development and survival.

Women Are Key to Making Peace Last in War-Torn Colombia

War-torn Colombia represents the perfect opportunity to integrate a gender-based perspective on peacebuilding, and the effort has succeeded so far in transformative ways.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.

Ghosts of Past Violence Haunt Guatemala’s New President

As Jimmy Morales assumes the presidency in Guatemala, the recent arrest of 18 high-ranking retired military officers for war crimes highlights the need to continue tackling corruption and impunity in the country and region.

WOLA Update on Mexico's Case of 43 Disappeared Students

As we move into 2016, only four months remain for the Group of Experts investigating the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico.