What is it about?

This article, through a Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) perspective, analyses the only longterm foreign policy decision ever made in Colombia.

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Why is it important?

Since FPA portrays a theory of human political choice to analyse foreign policy behaviour, this analysis will specifically focus on Plan Colombia’s decision-makers as a case study using empirical examples. The purpose is to understand the specificity of this foreign policy decision-making process from an unexplored perspective, namely Groupthink theory


How was Plan Colombia created and implemented? Who sat at the decision-making table and why? How were the key decision-making dynamics? Analysing foreign policy decision-making requires an examination of a particular decision unit and, by doing so, provides useful generalisations on the nature of decisions. Although we recognise the importance of previous work on group decision-making, we have yet to identify whether the same dynamics are applicable to non-US cases.

Fabio Sánchez
Universidad Sergio Arboleda

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This page is a summary of: Foreign Policy Analysis and the Making of Plan Colombia, Global Society, April 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2016.1269057.
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