Extremism in the Middle East is a complex problem generated by numerous issues. The connecting thread, however, is that of the alienated youth.
Recent negotiations between the government and FARC rebels will succeed only if Bogotá addresses the civil war’s underlying issues.
Colombia is home to the longest internal armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere, where failed attempts at transitional justice have delayed the development of a strong democracy.
Paramilitarism in Mexico will not give rise to the same type of violence that Colombia experienced in the 1990s.
Peace remains far-fetched unless Colombian voters are willing to let guilty men go free.
For President Santos, the stakes are high, both personally and politically, in seeking an end to five decades of armed conflict.