Tall, thin, copper-rich Chile can often appear an anomaly in South America. Rather than picturesque Andean highlands, kaleidoscopic indigenous groupings, ponchos and pan-pipes that draw shoals of Gap Year students from across the world, it brings to mind images of a glistening economic success story, gleaming skyscrapers in Santiago and a haven of stability among more »
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We're used to thinking of Resource Curse as what happens when oil is discovered and pumped in poor countries with few other economic options and systems of governance that are, at best, shaky. So what to make of Colombia's impending oil boom - nudging a million barrels of oil a day and rising? Will the country's long history of democracy, albeit amid turbulence, and its status as a middle-income economy with a strong middle class, insulate it against the most corrosive effects of oil wealth?