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Transcript and Audio: Charged Affairs’ Conversation with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, 2010–2014

Costa Rica is currently between the two rounds of its 2018 presidential elections, to be decided on Sunday, April 1. In an historic electoral cycle, the country’s traditional parties have been left out of the second round. Meanwhile, Mr. Fabricio Alvarado Munoz, a journalist and Christian music singer-turned-politician, came out ahead of the first electoral…

China’s Economic Aggression Threatens to make South America Peripheral Again

One of Colombia’s most iconic garments is the traditional vueltiao straw hat, which is weaved and worn throughout the coastal regions of the country. In recent years, however, Chinese-made replicas have flooded the Colombian market, throwing domestic manufacturers into dire financial straits. Likewise, the market entry of cheaper Chinese-made shoes is driving a once thriving…

Peacebuilding in Colombia Requires Sustainable Development

After years of arduous negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and months of negotiation with his political opposition, President Juan Manuel Santos finally secured Congressional approval for the implementation of a peace accord with the country’s largest rebel group. If there is to be any hope for lasting peace in Colombia, key…

Transcript and Audio: Charged Affairs’ Conversation with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, 2010–2014

Costa Rica is currently between the two rounds of its 2018 presidential elections, to be decided on Sunday, April 1. In an historic electoral cycle, the country’s traditional parties have been left out of the second round. Meanwhile, Mr. Fabricio Alvarado Munoz, a journalist and Christian music singer-turned-politician, came out ahead of the first electoral…

China’s Economic Aggression Threatens to make South America Peripheral Again

One of Colombia’s most iconic garments is the traditional vueltiao straw hat, which is weaved and worn throughout the coastal regions of the country. In recent years, however, Chinese-made replicas have flooded the Colombian market, throwing domestic manufacturers into dire financial straits. Likewise, the market entry of cheaper Chinese-made shoes is driving a once thriving…

Peacebuilding in Colombia Requires Sustainable Development

After years of arduous negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and months of negotiation with his political opposition, President Juan Manuel Santos finally secured Congressional approval for the implementation of a peace accord with the country’s largest rebel group. If there is to be any hope for lasting peace in Colombia, key…