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.
Grounded in its mandate from Congress, USIP also conducts public education and outreach in the U.S.