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The Future of Colombia in the New Issue of Americas Quarterly

November 02, 2017

One year after the Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group signed a peace deal and seven months before the 2018 presidential election, a 56-page special report looks at Colombia’s challenges and potential strategies moving forward. Co-hosted with the Open Society Foundations, a November 30 launch event in Bogotá will gather representatives from the government, private sector, and civil society to discuss issues such as economic development and drug policy.

New York, November 2, 2017—“Colombia has come so far in the last 15 years—further than anyone thought possible,” wrote Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter in the introduction of the magazine’s fourth issue of 2017. “Continuing down that road will require renewed focus on an old—but still unsolved—set of problems.”

In the special report “Colombia’s Challenge,” Americas Quarterly examines the future of Latin America’s third largest economy, one year after the historic signing of a peace agreement with the left-wing FARC insurgency. The magazine makes the case that Colombia will need to address formidable challenges such as inequality, persistent violence, and poor infrastructure if it wants to achieve stable and lasting peace.

In “Colombia’s Challenge,” veteran journalist John Otis chronicles his trips to Colombia’s hinterlands, where economic development must arrive for peace to take hold. Reporting from Bogotá, journalist Sibylla Brodzinsky looks ahead to the 2018 election and one of its most controversial candidates, former Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro. AS/COA’s Adriana La Rotta provides an insider look on what keeps Colombians from celebrating peace. And one of Colombia’s most-respected economists, Leonardo Villar, explains why paying for peace will be a daunting task for the next governments.

The first in a series of AS/COA Policy Briefings is released with the Americas Quarterly Colombia special report. Click here to read concrete recommendations on what Colombia’s government and private sector should focus on to fully integrate areas once dominated by guerrilla groups.

The AQ “Colombia’s Challenge” package also includes:

Co-hosted with the Open Society Foundations, the November 30 launch event in Bogotá will gather top government officials along with private sector and civil society representatives, to explore solutions to Colombia’s current and future challenges. This event will be webcast live. Join us in person or via live webcast. Follow the conversation at @AmerQuarterly

To learn more, register for the launch event, and/or request interviews with the authors, please contact: |1-212-277-8384| 1-212-277-8333

The complete Americas Quarterly’s fourth 2017 edition will be available November 8, 2017 at

Americas Quarterly (AQ) is the leading publication dedicated to politics, business, and culture in the Americas. An award-winning magazine and website, AQ has a proud tradition of portraying the real Latin America, while working to promote its core values: democracy, inclusive economic growth, and equal rights for all of the hemisphere’s nearly 1 billion citizens. Borrowing elements from The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and National Geographic – but with a focus on Latin America – AQ is dedicated to covering the region in all its diversity and promise. AQ's elite, agenda-setting readership includes CEOs, senior government officials, and thought leaders, as well as a general-interest audience passionate about the Americas. Launched in 2007 and based in New York City, AQ is an independent publication of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, which for more than 50 years have been dedicated to dialogue in our hemisphere.