A UN verification mission is expected to play a vital role in an expected cease-fire between the FARC and the Government of Colombia. Adam Isacson, the Washington Office on Latin America's senior associate for regional security, examines what form the United Nation's presence is likely to take.
The recent arrests of Colombian drug trafficking bosses abroad is indicative of how local criminal leaders have set up residence across Latin America, both to expand their illicit business networks and escape government pressure at home.
Colombian authorities have detained and deported one of Peru's most sought-after criminal suspects, signaling a potential shake-up in the Peruvian underworld.
Colombia's ELN guerrillas' refusal to formally renounce kidnapping may prove to be a major obstacle for the start of peace talks with the government that were announced by both sides earlier this year.