Latin American countries have made considerable strides to build more peaceful societies in recent decades—but are still struggling to consolidate democratic principles while residual armed conflict, high levels of inequality, and political polarization remain. In Colombia, USIP helped achieve and implement a peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government. In Venezuela, USIP has deepened its engagement with democratic actors to generate the conditions for a peaceful negotiated solution to the political crisis. In Bolivia and Nicaragua, USIP seeks to support diverse moderate actors working to restore democratic norms through inclusive dialogue processes.
August 2012 marks 25 years since the signing of the Esquipulas II agreement in Guatemala that brought an end to the wars of Central America. USIP's senior program officer for Latin America, Virginia Bouvier, explores what lessons Esquipulas II might offer for peace in Colombia.
By: Chester A. Crocker; Fen Osler Hampson; Pamela Aall; editors
Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World examines conflict management capacities and gaps regionally and globally, and assesses whether regions—through their regional organizations or through loose coalitions of states, regional bodies, and non-official actors—are able to address an array of new and emerging security threats.
The U.S. and Pakistan have enjoyed an on-again, off-again relationship for years. Ambassadors Howard Schaffer and Teresita Schaffer describe the relationship in their latest USIP Press book “How Pakistan Negotiates with the United States: Riding the Roller Coaster.”