FARC peace

FARC peace

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

    Colombian President Santos visiting a FARC concentration zone

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said the FARC guerrillas have completed their transition into special concentration zones, but questions remain about the number of insurgents still left in the field and how the next steps in the demobilization process will pan out. 

  • Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

    A destroyed cocaine laboratory in Colombia

    Security forces in Colombia have destroyed over 150 cocaine laboratories belonging to a criminal group that the government recently announced had been dismantled, a sign of the drug trade's resiliency as the country enters the post-conflict phase. 

  • FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

    Costa Rica Security Minister Gustavo Mata

    Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the Central American country's stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. 

  • Colombia's Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

    Colombia's prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the jails where they can continue to manage their operations on the outside. Instead of corralling these forces, prison authorities have joined them, while multiple government efforts to reform the system have failed.   

  • Colombia FARC Soldiers Demobilize, Militias Remain in Field

    The number of FARC troops expected to demobilize is smaller than many had hoped

    Thousands of FARC guerrillas have moved into concentration zones to start a demobilization process, but InSight Crime estimates that the total number of those surrendering represents only a fraction of the total rebel structure.

  • Political Future for Colombia's FARC Resides in Local Positions

    The FARC's demobilization will breed a new political party.

    Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC grants the guerrillas 10 congressional seats in 2018, but their transition from illegal armed group to political movement will most likely be concentrated in local positions in their traditional areas of influence.