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

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

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.

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

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

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. 

EPL Expands as FARC Withdraws From Former Turf

EPL Expands as FARC Withdraws From Former Turf

The EPL is reportedly expanding across Colombia's northeast, as the FARC withdraws from one of the country's largest coca growing areas.

FARC Activities in Colombia Port Show Post-Conflict Challenges

FARC Activities in Colombia Port Show Post-Conflict Challenges

Colombian guerrillas allegedly held an illegal political meeting in the country's southwest, while authorities dismantled a local corruption ring, highlighting issues that will continue to plague the region in the post-conflict stage.

ELN Cocaine Seizure Points to Expanding Presence on Colombia's Pacific Coast

ELN Cocaine Seizure Points to Expanding Presence on Colombia's Pacific Coast

Authorities seized around 1.5 metric tons of cocaine linked to the ELN rebels in Colombia's Chocó department, the latest sign that the group is expanding by absorbing territory and dissidents of the demobilizing FARC guerrillas.

Colombia Prematurely Claims Victory in Fight for Former FARC Turf

Colombia Prematurely Claims Victory in Fight for Former FARC Turf

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.

FARC, Mafia, Politicians Among Odebrecht’s Alleged Colombia Connections

FARC, Mafia, Politicians Among Odebrecht’s Alleged Colombia Connections

Revelations that the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht financed Colombia's FARC rebels deepens the plot of an international corruption scandal, and raises questions about how Colombian authorities will handle the issue of criminal finances in the imminent future.

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. 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.