Colombia is at the brink of a historical moment. With the conclusion of peace negotiations in Havana on August 24, the country is on the verge of signing an accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). While these achievements are a huge breakthrough, the biggest challenge -- the plebiscite -- lies ahead. Recent polls show that large numbers of Colombians are understandably on the fence on whether to vote for or against the peace deal. No Colombian wants the conflict to continue, but many are wary of the terms on which it should end.

In this month's Spotlight, we ask: What are the top four questions Colombians are asking ahead of the upcoming peace plebiscite?

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An Interview with Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes

In 2009, when Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brazil was a success story. With a burgeoning economy and a newfound strength in the global arena, Brazilians perceived the Olympics win as the crowning achievement that confirmed the country’s progress. Seven years later, however, the national sentiment toward the successes and failures of the country has changed dramatically—and the Olympics are now in the eye of a perfect political and economic storm. Enmeshed in criticism about the quality of its infrastructure, costs, environmental setbacks, and health emergencies, the Rio Games now must struggle to prove that the International Olympic Committee’s faith was well-placed. 

Amid crises and controversies, Rio’s mayor spoke to the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center about the risks and achievements associated with the Rio Olympic Games.

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The digital economy has broken down traditional borders and leveled the playing field in many ways. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aims to keep tearing down outdated barriers in the digital economy and would allow US-led rules to become the standard for free trade in all forms.

The immediate future of a TPP vote in the US Congress is unclear, but there is consensus that it must happen while the iron is still hot.

This month’s Spotlight, written in collaboration with Baker & McKenzie, asks: How can the TPP Unlock US Leadership in the Digital Economy?

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Technology, new corporate structures, and the sharing economy are revolutionizing what it means to be an employee. Education must keep pace with the demands of an ever-changing workforce. This month’s Spotlight explores how governments, academic institutions, and the private sector must work together to create education structures which train students to be valuable employees.

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President Obama has implemented sweeping changes in the US-Cuba relationship since December 17, 2014. From alleviating certain restrictions on trade and travel to raising the remittance cap, the President has paved the way for a more normalized relationship. As he prepares for his historic visit to Cuba this fact sheet highlights the most crucial changes implemented in the past 15 months.

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In the wake of mounting violence and unrest in the Palestinian territories and Israel over the past three months, over forty thousand Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest Israel's occupation and its policies in Jerusalem. Reuters recently reported that 24 Israelis and at least 142 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since the beginning of October 2015. The uprising, led by young Palestinians, is taking place against the backdrop of stalled negotiations over a two-state solution and increasing disillusionment with the Palestinian Authority.

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The year ahead promises a number of shifts throughout Latin America. Will we see government changes in Brazil and Venezuela? Is Obama finally visiting Cuba? In short, what will be some of the top issues shaping the region in 2016? The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center has come up with answers to what may be the top questions for the year ahead. But we also want to hear from you. Vote in the poll to cast your answers and find out what we think about these ten important issues.

With presidential races heating up in key primary states, the Atlantic Council's new US-Cuba poll of voters in America's heartland finds majority support in both parties for further opening trade, travel, and investment with Cuba. Voters in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa—though they largely consider the United States on the 'wrong track'—strongly favor lifting trade and travel restrictions and endorse the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. Among the 70 percent of voters who do not approve of the country's direction, 58 percent are in favor of President Obama's new Cuba policies. The support in these states—important because of senior congressional delegations or weight in presidential politics—constitutes a major victory for the President's executive actions over the last year.

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Argentines go to the polls on October 25 for what is shaping up to be one of the most important elections in years. Whoever wins — either this Sunday or in a likely November 22 runoff — will end the twelve-year Kirchner era. Who will tango their way into the Casa Rosada?

In this month's spotlight, we ask: what will be the outcome of Argentina's presidential elections?
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Can Latin America maintain the momentum of the past decade's social transformations? The answer will depend on its ability to adopt innovative solutions to advance social progress. Considered the third arm of development by the World Bank, social entrepreneurship in Latin America has expanded dramatically in the past two decades and is today addressing societal problems that governments, civil society, and the private sector cannot effectively tackle.

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