FARC

  • Is Colombia Underestimating the Scale of FARC Dissidence?

    Former FARC fighters are deserting the peace process and returning to crime

    The Colombian government has released estimates indicating that only a small percentage of former FARC guerrillas have abandoned the peace process. But InSight Crime field research indicates that the actual number of dissidents is much higher, and could be growing due to issues related to the implementation of a November 2016 peace agreement with the rebel group.

  • Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

    Dissident FARC Commander alias Euclides Mora was killed by the Colombian military

    Dissidents of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have suffered their most significant blow to date in a military operation that lead to the deathof a guerrilla commander who refused to demobilize under last year's peace agreement. But while a militarized approach to fighting dissidents may yield limited results, the government's best weapon against FARC desertion remains the swift and full implementation of reintegration measures for demobilized fighters.

  • Colombia's FARC Pressures Government to Comply With Peace Obligations

    A demobilized ex-FARC fighter at a concentration zone in Tolima, Colombia

    Colombia's FARC guerrilla group is putting pressure on the government to comply with promises made under last year's peace agreement at a critical moment in the implementation process, underscoring lingering concerns about the potential for dissidence among former rebel fighters.

  • US Ambassador: FARC 'Have Not Complied' With Colombia Peace Deal

    US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker

    The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to growing pressure from the United States over the historic deal.

  • FARC Entrance to Colombia’s Political Arena Haunted by Guerrillas’ Past

    The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force

    Colombia's demobilized FARC guerrilla group recently launched a new political party, but internal divisions have left the future of the new organization uncertain. 

  • Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

    Is a Nicaraguan company laundering money for the FARC?

    Recent testimony before the US Senate revived allegations that a Venezuela-owned company in Nicaragua may have laundered money for Colombia's demobilizing FARC guerrillas, once again raising the question of whether foreign governments may have been complicit in washing the fighters' dirty cash.

  • Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

    Drug capos are trying to exploit the FARC peace accords

    Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial benefits offered to demobilizing rebels under the terms of a 2016 peace agreement. The incident is another sign of the obstacles the country's thriving drug trade poses to the peace process.

  • The FARC's Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

    The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year

    The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of expenses, they also have traditionally sat astride territories that generate well over $1 billion dollars in criminal revenue every year. This last installment on the FARC's riches attempts to quantify the lucrative economies they used to control -- ones that Colombia's other criminal actors now wish to possess.

  • The FARC's Riches: Millions Apparently Lost to Dissidents

    Many of the FARC's assets have been lost to deserter groups

    Formerly the Western Hemisphere's largest guerrilla organization, Colombia's FARC has compiled a full inventory of their wealth following half a century of conflict and entrenchment in criminal activities. A front-by-front breakdown offers a remarkably detailed insight into the riches amassed by certain units and, perhaps more disturbingly, how much may be in the hands of increasingly powerful criminalized breakaways. Moreover, the inventory proves that the FARC leadership lacks full control over the group's vast wealth, raising questions over possibly undeclared assets, and making the former guerrillas more vulnerable to judicial prosecution as they shape their political future.

  • The FARC's Riches: List of Assets Fails to Reveal Guerrillas' Total Wealth

    The FARC have probably left many assets undeclared

    Colombia's demobilized FARC have finally revealed their official list of assets -- worth hundreds of millions of dollars -- but the country's top prosecutor has already lambasted the "useless" inventory, which likely comes up far short in its accounting of the former guerrillas' true riches.