Columbia's International Relations and Domestic Challenges
FARC Guerillas Gathered
The first thing I found so amazing was the history of Columbia in the last 20 years. Thanks to our reliable American media I had no idea they were going through so many rapid changes. I am shocked that our media doesn't cover the events in Columbia because, as I discovered, much of what happens in that country affects our own country. Columbia exports more cocaine into the US than any other country, making that country a huge factor in the fight against drugs. The Columbian government can't be blamed for this sort of thing, though, because they are trying to fix it. The US can take a lot of the blame for not giving the Columbian government the proper aid to fix the problem more readily.
The organizations that are involved with drug trade are many of the paramilitary groups in Columbia - they get their money from drug trade. Recently the government has been opening up dialogue with these guerilla groups to find some sort of compromise. So far one of the largest paramilitary groups, the AUC (Autodefensas Unidas de Columbia) declared a cease-fire and a demobilization of their troops after much debate and bloodshed within the faction. In the 60s the function of this paramilitary group was to defeat guerilla groups that had been in Columbia since the 60s and to defend civilians, but in the 80s they were corrupted and became a guerilla-like organization itself.
Now the Columbian government is offering the same deal of compromise to other factions, such as FARC, who as of yet have not decided to take the compromise.
In Conclusion, Columbia has a lot ahead of them, but they are currently on the right track. The peace process would be realized more rapidly if the United States took more interest in Columbian affairs and seeing it from the Columbian governments point of view (the correct view) rather than our own point of view.