Will President Trump’s 2017 Cut Commitments to Peace in Colombia? WOLA Voices Concern Over Militarization vs Smart Diplomacy (E)
[…] In addition to these concerns, the Trump administration’s plans to cut spending on diplomatic efforts could have an impact on important initiatives and U.S. relations across the hemisphere, such as U.S.-Mexico cooperation on a number of bilateral issues, and the development of a lasting peace in Colombia.
“The United States has built important relationships and made vital commitments to allies in Colombia, Mexico, and elsewhere, which should be honored,” said Geoff Thale, WOLA Program Director. “This is not only about supporting our partners, but also about supporting U.S. interests. A short-sighted ‘United States first’ approach to the budget ignores the fact that our national interest, and ultimately our fate, is intimately linked with the pressing issues of democracy and human rights faced by our neighbors in this hemisphere,” said Thale. WOLA