Since the peace accord in Colombia was finalized more than a year ago, the focus has shifted to implementation, including disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former guerillas.
Known for developing strong laws on paper, the centralized Colombian government struggles with equitable application across the country. Many criticize the slow pace of change post-accord; however, many advocates note that after decades of armed conflict, change must happen deliberately with political will to ensure sustainability.
Foreign assistance funding to Colombia remained stable in 2017, but U.S. policymakers are pressing for a renewed focus on coca eradication and aerial spraying. The Colombian government is urging patience as crop substitution and manual eradication efforts are underway. Drug policy will likely remain the focus of U.S. policy and assistance to Colombia for the foreseeable future. –Charissa Zehr