Book Review: A Case for Optimism in Colombia

By Gabriel Cohen

Mauricio Cárdenas proposes something radical for these times: a pragmatic focus on recent accomplishments.

Colombia has faced a variety of difficulties in the past few years, from a staggering COVID-19 death toll to spiraling inequality and a spike in homicides. Pessimism about the future has surged, as seen in polls that showcase an overwhelming majority of the population seeking change.  For Mauricio Cárdenas, this pessimism is far from helpful. In fact, it’s dangerous. The former finance minister sets out to address the country’s darkening mood in his latest book, Cómo avanza Colombia (“How Colombia Advances”), taking stock of the progress the country has made...

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