College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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International Studies


Colombia, Free Trade, Nation Building


There is a pending free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States (U.S.) and Colombia in U.S. Congress. The FTA aims to promote regional economic prosperity. This FTA should be redone as it will not achieve either of these goals. The FTA will cause an increase in drug production, violence, and displacement in Colombia's agricultural sector. The FTA is not a result of globalization bringing two countries to be equal trading partners as its authors state. The FTA instead is an example of the U.S. continuing its policy agenda towards Colombia that has existed for over 50 years. This agenda grossly benefits the U.S., destabilizes Colombia, and keeps Colombia dependent on U.S. military aid.