In my latest column from Foreign Policy, I examine the progress Colombia has made during the past decade.  I believe that conflict-ridden areas of the world, especially the Middle East, could learn lessons from Colombia’s counterinsurgency successes and apply lessons to today’s turbulent Middle East. Here are some highlights:

  • The strength of the major insurgency group, the FARC, has been halved between 2002 and 2010, from 16,000 fighters down to 8,000
  • Between 2002 and 2012, the murder rate dropped from 70 deaths per 100,000 people to 31 per 100,000
  • Kidnappings have dropped by more than 90 percent since 2002
  • The country has re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos on a platform of conflict resolution
  • Medellín, the nation’s second-largest city, is lauded as the “most innovative city in the world“; and
  • Colombia is popping up on tourist “top 10″ lists everywhere

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