WOLA Publications

Ending 50 Years of Conflict in Colombia: A New Report from WOLA

The Challenges Ahead and the U.S. Role
As the likelihood of an accord increases, the United States--which provided billions for Colombia's war effort--must prepare to help consolidate peace.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

Labor Rights and Cuba’s Economic Reforms

Since Raúl Castro became president in 2008, Cuba has taken modest but significant steps to move from an almost entirely state-run economy to a more mixed model, but there has been little debate about the potential trade-offs and social costs of these reforms.

Border Security and Migration: A Report from Arizona

In one of the busiest areas of the U.S.-Mexico border, WOLA heard of increased migration, unsafe deportation practices, stubbornly high levels of migrant deaths, and increasing drug trafficking.

Time to Listen: New Trends in U.S. Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean

U.S. assistance to Latin America has dropped near the lowest levels in over a decade. But while U.S. diplomatic efforts are flagging, other less transparent forms of military-military cooperation are on the rise. In their new report, WOLA, LAWG, and CIP examine new trends in U.S. security assistance to Latin America.

ColombiaPeace.org: WOLA's New Resource on Colombia's Peace Process

After a half century of intense violence, Colombia may be nearing an end to its internal armed conflict. WOLA's new online resource monitors progress as leaders from the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) negotiate a peaceful exit to the country’s bloody conflict.

Civil Society and Citizen Security in Brazil

A Fragile but Evolving Relationship
The relationship between civil society and public safety officials in Brazil has evolved steadily over the past three decades. However, despite certain political openings for rights-respecting policies at the state and federal level, deep-seated obstacles remain that frequently hinder the reforms’ potential for success.

Government Investment in Family Agriculture

New Opportunities in Mexico and Central America
A new WOLA publication reviews the resurgence of family agriculture in political discourse, focusing on Mexico and Central America, where persistent poverty and underdevelopment in the rural sector has helped drive immigration to the United States in recent decades.

Q&A: Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington

In this paper, WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh responds to questions regarding the implementation of new laws to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana— and the key challenges in creating regulatory regimes even as the federal ban remains in place. The paper forms part of a joint WOLA/Brookings series.

Vieques, a Target in the Sun

From 1943 until May 1, 2003, the U.S. Navy used portions of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico for military training ranges and ammunitions storage. WOLA Senior Fellow George Withers examines conditions on the island ten years after the Navy's withdrawal.