An update on Colombia
Drugs and peace in Colombia: Which way forward
Crime, conflict, and regime transitions: Colombia, Nigeria, and Myanmar
On December 9, Vanda Felbab-Brown joins the West African Transitional Justice Centre for a discussion on “Leniency and transitional justice during and post conflict: Updates and lessons from Somalia, Nigeria and Colombia.”
The Duque government’s drug policy in Colombia is taking on a progressively ominous and counterproductive direction. It threatens to undermine the incomplete and struggling peace process, misdirect law enforcement resources, augment the alienation of coca farmers from the state and undermine human rights and drug users’ access to health services in Colombia. With their emphasis on criminalization of even drug possession for personal use and forced eradication, the announced policies clearly cater to the Trump administration’s doctrinaire and discredited drug policy preferences that harken back to the 1980s. But without sustainable livelihoods already in place, forced eradication will not sustainably reduce coca cultivation and cocaine production. The dominance of zero-coca thinking in Colombia whereby a community has to eradicate all coca first before it starts receiving even meager assistance from the state never produced positive results in Colombia.