How to Avoid a Caudillo in Colombia (and Elsewhere)

By Mauricio Cárdenas

Channeling the public’s desire for change in a constructive way is difficult. But here are some ideas.

Listen to a conversation with the author on the Americas Quarterly Podcast BOGOTÁ – With campaigns set to begin in earnest for Colombia’s elections for Congress and president, in March and May respectively, the atmosphere here is one of profound, perhaps unrivaled pessimism. A September poll by Ipsos showed that 89% of Colombians believed our country was “on the wrong track,” the highest percentage among 28 countries surveyed, and well above the 65% global average.  That, in itself, is concerning. The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the feeling that Colombia is on the road...

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