Once again the possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the peace process are high.
Colombia's congressional elections saw 69 candidates believed to have ties with illegal groups win seats, showing how criminal and armed groups continue to influence the country's political system years after the breaking of the "parapolitics"... Read more
Rising arrests of women for involvement in organized crime in Cali highlights how women are increasingly part of, as well as victims of, organized crime,…
Peru plans to dedicate $300 million to anti-drug efforts in 2014, showing the country's commitment to diminishing its role in the cocaine trade, though the…
The discovery of houses used by criminal groups in Colombia's Pacific port city of Buenaventura to mutilate the bodies of victims and then "disappear" them…
Colombia Country Profile
Despite the government’s advances in security over the last decade, at least a half dozen major criminal groups still operate in Colombia. Several of them have put ideology aside and focus on drug production, trafficking and distribution on a local level, even while they continue to move arms, launder money, kidnap and extort.