Regional Security Policy

...holding the military accountable to democracy

Latin America’s transition to democracy began thirty years ago, but overwhelming military influence continues to undermine progress. Too often, U.S. aid and engagement make matters worse, encouraging the region’s armed forces to take on domestic missions – from the drug war to development programs – that threaten democracy and human rights.

WOLA challenges the expanding role of the military in foreign and domestic policy making. We support accountable civilian control of defense forces, a clear separation between police and military functions, and peaceful collaboration to reduce threats and resolve conflicts.

Regional Security Policy News & Analysis

An Evolving Threat: Assessing Paramilitaries in Colombia

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While peace talks with the two largest guerrilla groups in Colombia are moving forward, another security threat is looming on the horizon.

Which Central American Military and Police Units Get the Most U.S. Aid?

Analysis & Commentary
In 2016, Central American military and police forces will receive more U.S. assistance than they have in over a decade. Here's what we know.

“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
Analysis & Commentary
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.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement

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In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces and videos on how to ensure the success of potential bilateral ceasefire agreement.