A fresh start for Colombia … and for US policy?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Adam Isacson

“June 19 was a historic day in Colombia. Latin America’s third-largest country has not elected a presidential candidate from the left, or any candidate promising reforms unpalatable to traditional elites, for at least 80 years. With shocking regularity, such candidates have been marginalized, intimidated, or even assassinated. … As the first president in nearly a century who doesn’t count among his base the tiny elite of one of the world’s most unequal countries, Gustavo Petro is promising to take Colombia in a much different direction. However, as he won narrowly and lacks a congressional majority, he is emphasizing dialogue and moderation.” (06/22/22)