Colombia is usually associated with drug cartels, guerrilla wars and
violence. But the biggest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico is changing.
The economy is already larger, by some measures, than South Africa’s; if
peace talks are successful, it will do better still. This free ebook is an
indispensable guide to the new Colombia, reproducing a magazine published
earlier this year by the Financial Times.
FT writers interview President Juan Manuel Santos and profile both the
Bogota establishment and young Colombians to watch. They explore the
development challenges of the Colombian outback and the rise of a new
national export - security expertise ranging from bullet proof fashion to
mercenaries. Essays by Oscar Naranjo, former head of the national police,
and Malcolm Deas, historian, provide further context.