Unlike many politicians and pundits, the authors suggest looking at Brazil and Colombia as models for U.S. truth commissions, not South Africa. While the South African truth and reconciliation commission studied racial violence and injustice – much like past, current and proposed U.S. commissions – it is not the best comparison case. The U.S. federal system of government, much like Brazil, predisposes it to have a combination of national and subnational justice and reform efforts. We see this not only in Brazil but also in Colombia where national and the subnational efforts have been coordinated, even harmonized. Learn more here.