The Republic Of Colombia And Its Influence On The United States Of America

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BACKGROUND PAPER
ON
COLOMBIA

1. This is an informative paper on the Republic of Colombia and its influence to the United States of America and beyond. Three key points will be discussed in the following paragraphs, including: politics and social relations; economics and resources; and United States’ interests in Colombia.

2. The Republic of Colombia has three branches of government: legislative, judicial, and executive; the legislative branch, being the dominant branch, is split between the House of Representatives and the Senate, the judicial branch is led by a supreme court, and the executive branch is led by the President. The government of the Republic of Colombia similarly mirrors the government of the United States of America, having checks and balances between the three branches of government.1 The political landscape of Colombia has been known to be corrupt and inefficient and has consisted traditionally as a two party system of conservatives and liberals. The two traditional parties dominated the political system with a negative impact, so to address this, the 1991 Constitution of Colombia was written in a way that allowed a broader spectrum of political activity. This movement was quite successful in the long run, assisting in more than just political spectrum, but it also helped increase electoral transparency to the public and encouraged social institutions, such as religion and education, achieving stronger influence in government.3 However, the over-all…

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