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Colombia's Challenge: A Special Report

October 24, 2017

There is a truly extraordinary gap today between how the world sees Colombia, and how Colombia sees itself.

To most outsiders, Colombia is a spectacular success story – the country that defeated kidnappers and cocaine kingpins, and stepped back from the brink of becoming a “failed state” in the 1980s and 90s. Home to the urbane president who struck a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

To most Colombians, that rosy view is out of date – and out of touch.

The economy has been sluggish for years....

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