Publications & Commentary

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The Colombian Dilemma: After half a century of fighting, can a fragile peace process succeed?

by Adam Isacson

Feb-07-2000 | Report

At first, it sounds all too familiar. A Latin American country is plagued by inequality, rural neglect and militarism.... Read More »

Getting in Deeper: The United States’ growing involvement in Colombia’s conflict

by Adam Isacson

Feb-07-2000 | Report

It had been in the works for some time, and the government in Bogotá and observers in Washington had expected Congress to put it in the 2000 budget the previous fall.... Read More »

National Insecurity: U.S. Intelligence After the Cold War

by Craig Eisendrath

Jan-01-2000 | Book

Drawing on their experience in government administration, research and Foreign Service, ten prominent experts propose a fundamental rethinking of the United States' intelligence needs in the post-Cold War world.... Read More »

Just the Facts: A Civilian's Guide to U.S. Defense and Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean

by Adam Isacson

Dec-01-1999 | Book

This book details dozens of programs and activities that the U.S. government carries out with the Western Hemisphere's security forces, such as arms transfers, training programs, exercises, deployments, counternarcotics operations and military bases.... Read More »

The Trend Toward Unilateralism in U.S. Foreign Policy

by Wayne Smith

Nov-01-1999 | Report

On May 20-21, 1999, CIP and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in London, co-hosted a conference in Washington to discuss the pros and cons of what many see as a disturbing trend toward unilateralism in U.S. foreign policy.... Read More »

Foreign Policy: Lessons from Latin America

by Robert White

Jul-05-1999 | Policy Brief

The reports of the Central American truth commissions are not just about events that took place against the backdrop of the cold war. They are about the United States today, and the role we intend to play in the world.... Read More »

Managing Conflict: Lessons from the South African Peace Committees

by Nicole Ball, Chris Spies

Nov-01-1998 | Report

In 1948, South Africa instituted a system of racial separation known as apartheid. Apartheid legalized social, economic, and political discrimination favoring the white minority. It governed the allocation of jobs; limited the access of nonwhites to social services such as health, education, and housing; and severely restricted ownership of land.... Read More »

A Quick Tour of U.S. Defense and Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean


Jul-06-1998 | Report

the U.S. relationship with Latin America's militaries is quite strong, according to a year-long study carried out by the Center for International Policy and the Latin America Working Group. What has changed since the cold war is the rationale for cooperation and the ability of Congress and the public to oversee military cooperation programs.... Read More »

Spreading good practices in security sector reform: Policy options for the British Government

by Nicole Ball

Jan-01-1998 | Report

The international community increasingly recognizes that security sector reform is fundamentally a governance issue. Development practitioners must therefore be centrally involved in this process, alongside a wide range of other actors.... Read More »

Haiti: Democrats Vs. Democracy

by Robert White

Nov-03-1997 | Policy Brief

Democracy has come to Haiti and the benefits are important and tangible. There is a grave political crisis, yet there is no threat of official violence. Haiti's leaders are looking for solutions within a constitutional framework.... Read More »

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