The $1.3 billion aid package passed last year, marking a dramatic escalation of US involvement in Colombia, carries with it many risks and involves many unanswered questions. In the months leading up to its passage, the Clinton Administration and congressional backers painted an optimistic picture of the package’s potential to help Colombia deal with its complex problems, while critics warned of dire consequences.
Now that the package is a reality, it would be wise to take a more careful look at the risks and uncertainties posed by this policy before appropriating more funding. Frequently, the questions asked about Colombia counternarcotics policy are limited in scope-is the right equipment being delivered on time? How many hectares of coca are being eradicated?
Here are ten unanswered questions policymakers should be asking.