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Interview with Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

11.15.23

On November 13, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Jane Petersen spoke with former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The conversation covered a range of topics including what other countries can learn from Colombia’s peace agreement, poverty alleviation efforts, and the fight against climate change.

International Relations and Security

What Carbon Market Debates are Missing 

07.18.23

Carbon markets can be understood as a three-legged stool on which part of our climate goals rests; if one of the legs is missing, the stool falls. Unfortunately, today’s carbon market debates focus on two of those three legs whilst ignoring the other.  

Environment and Energy

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution

06.21.23

AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.

Cities and Communities

When Legalizing Abortion is Not Enough: Barriers in seeking Abortion that go beyond Laws

04.4.23

In this article, the authors explore the barriers that women face on the ground when accessing abortion, even when the procedure has been legalized. They look at the cases of Argentina and Colombia, in Latin America, and India and Nepal, in Asia, to highlight examples of barriers and how grassroots organizations are playing a key role in supporting safe access to abortions.

Woke on Coke: Young Cocaine Consumers Fuel Social and Environmental Devastation in Colombia

08.2.22

I could feel the bass of the music thumping in my thoracic cavity. The soles of my shoes were sticky with the beer that had spilled on the floor when I saw Eva inhaling a line of white powder off the kitchen countertop.

Democracy and Governance

Invisible Walls: The Hyper-Density of Colombian Cities and What It Means to You, by Simon Gaviria

04.22.19

This article appears in the Spring 2019 edition of the Latin America Policy Journal released in April 2019. You can order the edition here. Bogota is 13 times denser than New York City.[1] Colombian cities are 100 percent denser than the global average and 126 percent denser than cities in Latin America.[2] Until now, the consensus […]

President Santos: Prof. Heifetz asked me to talk to the victims to re-energize myself

10.19.18

Kai Dittmann interviewed President Juan Manuel Santos, former president of the Republic of Colombia and Nobel peace prize winner, for the Citizen. He talks to Kai about the Adaptive Leadership course with Heifetz, peace agreement, Venezuelan refugee crisis, and economic prosperity in Colombia. Santos has served as president of the Republic of Colombia from 2010 […]

Drug Policy Innovations in Latin America

11.5.17

This article was published in the 2015-2016 edition of the Latin America Policy Journal.   By Zara Snapp                   In the last twenty years, violence in Latin America has reached staggering levels. Although Latin America and the Caribbean are only 8 percent of the global population, the region […]

Why Colombians Rejected the FARC Peace Deal and What’s Next

10.11.16

BY LAUREN WINDMEYER Last Friday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his long-running efforts to end Colombia’s 52-year civil war. Santos led negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels for four years, ultimately coming to an agreement this August. To go into effect, the agreement needed a final vote […]

Innovation: In the DNA of Medellin

10.7.16

Innovation: In the DNA of Medellin By Ruta N Medellin In the last decade, Medellin made a decision that will mark its future: it changed its economic vocation. The city, known in the twentieth century as the “Industrial Capital of Colombia,” decided to move from a traditional industrial operation to a knowledge economy. Corporation Ruta […]

Social Innovation and Philanthropy

Facing the Technological Revolution in Latin America: How to Keep the Pace?

04.20.16

An interview with Diego Molano Vega, Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia. Interviewed by Juliana Uribe Villegas Diego Molano Vega has been the Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia since 2010. In this interview, he reveals his perspective on one of the most challenging issues for the development of Latin America: […]

Colombia 2002-2010: Lessons from the Communitarian State

11.30.14

Álvaro Uribe Velez was first elected as President of Colombia in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006, becoming the first re-elected President in Colombia’s modern history. Uribe holds a Degree in Law from the Universidad de Antioquia and a Postgraduate Management Degree from the Harvard Extension School. In 1998, he was awarded the Simón Bolívar […]

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