Colectivos, or groups of self-organized citizens, have often served to push common causes. In Venezuela, collectives perform the exact opposite function, acting as one of many of Maduro’s tools to divide the country and silence dissenters.
Every year, as part of his classes at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Chris Sabatini has his students write a 500 to 800 word op-ed. He picks the best and publishes them on the website. We like to think this is a great way to reward students that excel, while us, the consumers of opinion, get direct insight into the issues that college and graduate students see as the current priorities in the countries they are from or work on.
Below are essays from Chris’ students and students of different contributors to this site. Enjoy.