ELECTION 2008: COMMENTARIES: Southern Exposure


Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell takes a deeper look at the controversies surrounding the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the one South American issue mentioned during the U.S. presidential debates.

It happened in the last debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. In a moment as sudden as it was fleeting, a South American issue surfaced in the U.S. presidential campaign. The Republican candidate — in yet another attempt to blindside his opponent, portraying him as soft on enemies and ungrateful to allies — pulled the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) out of his sleeve.

Daniel Coronell
Publication date: 
August 21, 2008
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article