US has no idea what counternarcotics in Colombia actually accomplishes: watchdog

In a scathing rebuke to US antinarcotics policies for Colombia, the government’s chief watchdog agency has concluded that despite a $10 billion investment since 1999,  there has been no “comprehensive review of the US counternarcotics approach” to determine what, if anything, actually works. With cocaine production at record levels despite two decades of antinarcotics programs, […]

Duque’s “absolutely disastrous” 2018

As Colombia’s lawmakers go on Christmas recess, President Ivan Duque can look back on an “absolutely disastrous” beginning of his government, according to newspaper El Espectador. The president’s approval rating has plummeted and his administration has been unable to push any of its reform proposals, including anti-corruption measures agreed with the opposition, through Congress. No […]

Colombia’s Supreme Court elects least inconvenient special prosecutor to investigate Odebrecht bribery

Colombia’s Supreme Court elected a university dean with no experience in criminal law to investigate the Odebrecht bribery scandal that is devastating public confidence in the country’s politics and justice system. Sergio Arboleda University law dean Leonardo Espinosa was the least inconvenient candidate of three proposed by President Ivan Duque. The scholar, whose specialty is […]

Colombia’s students did it again; government agrees to drastic education budget increase

Following weeks of protests, Colombia’s government and student representatives reached agreement on investment in the country’s chronically underfunded public education system. Both President Ivan Duque and the student organizations said to be content with the agreement to invest $1.8 billion (COP5.9 trillion) in higher education and science in the coming four years. Government gives in […]

Former Odebrecht partner financed 66% of Duque’s campaign

Colombia’s former anti-corruption chief warned Thursday that President Ivan Duque’s election campaign was largely financed by Grupo Aval. Both have been tied to the Odebrecht bribery scandal. The warning came from Colombia’s former anti-corruption chief and current member of the International Institute on Anticorruption Studies (IIAS), Camilo Enciso, just when the Supreme Court is studying […]