To the shock and dismay of Colombians and international observers alike, on October 2, Colombian voters rejected a peace agreement that would have formally ended the country's 52-year civil war by a razor-thin margin. NACLA has responded to the situation with an ongoing series of web articles featuring expert scholars and researchers, who analyze reactions to the vote, geographic and generational electoral dynamics, and the important role that women have played in promoting not only peace but social justice and inclusion in Colombia as well.
Colombia is also the focus of one of the latest installments of NACLA Radio, which takes a closer look at articles from the latest issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas, "Free Trade 2.0: Confronting the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the New Extractivism as the Pink Tide Recedes.” In audio interviews with podcast host Helen Hazelwood Isaac, Fall 2016 Report contributors Forrest Hylton and Aaron Tauss discuss the political economy of peace in Colombia, with updates reflecting on the referendum results. In another installment of the podcast, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, of the D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the role of one of the most crucial aspects of the current free trade model: the ability of private companies to sue sovereign governments. Look for future installments of NACLA Radio featuring other contributors from the Fall Report in the coming days and weeks.
As Colombia prepares for uncertain times ahead, we will continue our coverage of the peace agreement and the movement for peace and justice in the country, and around the region. We hope you will continue to follow along.