FARC peace

FARC peace

  • Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia's Peace

    Luis Alberto Ortíz Cabezas, alias "Pepe"

    A former FARC guerrilla has been murdered in Colombia's embattled southwest department of Nariño, a reminder of the political and criminal risks faced by the former combatants as they demobilize and the country struggles to transition towards peace.

  • Are Crime Groups Behind Colombia Coca Eradication Protests?

    Protests by coca growers paralyzes Colombia’s Tumaco municipality

    Authorities in Colombia are accusing organized crime groups of fueling protests against coca eradication efforts, but the government may also bear some blame due to its inability to successfully implement crop substitution programs.

  • Colombia's Multi-Billion Dollar Corruption Problem Could Impact Peace Deal

    Ex-President Álvaro Uribe speaking at an anti-corruption march on April 1

    As Colombia works towards implementing an ambitious peace deal and fighting new and old criminal groups, extreme levels of corruption within its own government are an often overlooked but crucial threat to battling poverty, drugs and violence during this historic window of opportunity for change.

  • Over 100 FARC 'Militias' Hand Themselves in to Colombia Authorities

    117 self-identified FARC militias handed themselves in

    Over 100 individuals who self-identified as FARC militias have handed themselves over to authorities in Colombia, raising the issue of how to properly incorporate this subset of the guerrilla army into their ongoing demobilization process. 

  • Weekly InSight: Colombia's Criminal Dynamics and Allegations against Honduras Elites

    Colombia's criminal dynamics were a major theme in this week's Facebook Live discussion

    In our March 23 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa moderated a discussion with Co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about two of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this week: the evolving criminal dynamics in Colombia as the peace process with the FARC unfolds, and the explosive allegations leveled by a confessed drug trafficker against numerous Honduran elites.

  • Violent History Repeats Itself in Colombia’s Strategic Chocó Department

    Urabeños paramilitaries and ELN guerrillas clash in Chocó

    The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone's valuable strategic position and highly lucrative criminal economies are worth fighting over by criminal groups following the demobilization of the FARC.

  • What's in a Name? The Politics of Latin America's Organized Crime Lexicon

    Colombian soldiers are permitted to combat GAO

    Arguing about artificial labels that help make sense of organized crime in Latin America may seem trivial. After all, the reality lurking beneath these labels -- bodies riddled with bullets, bank accounts stuffed with cash, and enough cocaine to sink a submarine -- is so tangible, so immediate for the people wrapped up in its unceasing vortex. But the terms and phrases used about by governments and news outlets carry their own type of power. They help shape public opinion, domestic security policies, and the legal limitations of international actors. As organized crime in the region adapts to new realities on the ground, it's imperative that our lexicon for it does so as well.

  • Colombia Prematurely Claims Victory in Fight for Former FARC Turf

    The state has not yet occupied all areas left behind by the FARC guerrillas

    Colombia's Defense Minister has declared that the state has "already won" the battle to occupy the territories being left behind by the FARC guerrillas as the rebels demobilize. But the government looks more like the losing player in some areas, as heavily armed groups fight openly in strategic turf and, as InSight Crime investigations show, criminalized guerrilla factions are appearing all across the country.

  • Colombia Moves Against FARC Dissenters' Criminal Assets

    FARC splinter groups are forming around Colombia

    Authorities in Colombia have seized close to $100 million in assets allegedly belonging to FARC dissidents, as the state begins the mammoth task of identifying and dismantling the vast illicit interests that are being taken over by criminalized guerrilla splinter groups.

  • Colombia’s Rural Communities Fight Growing Post-Conflict Threats

    Colombia has seen a recent surge in coca farmer blockades against eradicators

    Colombia's rural communities stand to gain -- and potentially lose ­-- the most as the country's 50-year-old armed conflict turns a new leaf. Coca-growing communities fear that they will lose the financial security of their drug crops, while a lack of security guarantees for social leaders has led to a surge in assassinations. As tensions rise in the countryside, civilian resistance may also gather strength.