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.
The first paramilitary leader to have left prison via Colombia's transitional justice program has been murdered, a possible foreshadowing of more violence as the new generation of criminal organizations face up to the release of former underworld bosses. Read More
The Colombian military reportedly discovered a synthetic drug laboratory belonging to guerrilla group the FARC, which, if true, would indicate that the rebels are diversifying their illicit activities and moving into Latin America's expanding synthetic drug market. Read More
Colombia's peace process with the FARC continues to wobble from the blow dealt by the April 15 guerrilla attack that killed 11 soldiers in southwestern Colombia. Read More
Authorities in Colombia claim guerrilla group FARC's presence has been reduced to only 18 percent of national territory, an assertion that appears to be based more on political motivations than an accurate appraisal of the country's security situation. Read More
Two US intelligence officers have reportedly told a Mexican newspaper members of the Jalisco Cartel were trained by Colombian rebels, which if true could have significant implications on the guerrillas' potential for criminalization should a peace agreement be signed. Read More