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Can 'Peace Colombia' Contain Booming Drug Trade?

Can 'Peace Colombia' Contain Booming Drug Trade?

US President Barack Obama announced he will ask Congress for $450 million to assist Colombia's transition from civil conflict to peace, but will it help avert the impending shakeup of criminal underworld and curb explosive growth in the drug trade? 

On 15 Year Anniversary, Govt Asks for New Plan Colombia

On 15 Year Anniversary, Govt Asks for New Plan Colombia

The Colombian government will mark the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia by requesting a new assistance package from the United States aimed at facilitating the Andean nation's transition to peace after more than 50 years of conflict. But is a new Plan Colombia the solution to the security threats facing a post-conflict Colombia?

Why Does Colombia Want the FARC Off the US Terrorist List?

Why Does Colombia Want the FARC Off the US Terrorist List?

As a historic peace accord nears, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has petitioned the United States to remove the FARC from its list of terrorist organizations and suspend arrest warrants against guerrilla leaders, but warned that those who continue trafficking drugs will be extradited.

Colombia Eyes FARC Finances Ahead of Peace Deal

Colombia Eyes FARC Finances Ahead of Peace Deal

Authorities are investigating Colombia's largest guerrilla group the FARC with an eye towards keeping rebel enterprises out of criminal hands, but conditions on the ground may derail this plan. 

In Post-Conflict Colombia, Criminal Group a Model for FARC Drug Trade

In Post-Conflict Colombia, Criminal Group a Model for FARC Drug Trade

Authorities have arrested the leader of a criminal group whose operations in southwestern Colombia may become a model for elements of the FARC guerrillas that remain involved in drug trafficking. 

How to Break Free of the Drugs-Conflict Nexus in Colombia

How to Break Free of the Drugs-Conflict Nexus in Colombia

After nearly 80 years of war, Colombia is on the cusp of closing a historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC), the country’s largest guerrilla group. The parties have set a March 23, 2016 deadline to conclude talks. Drug cultivation and trafficking are crucial aspects of the deal, as drug profits have long enabled the country’s violent conflict.

InSight Crime Game Changers 2015 - The Year of Corruption and Organized Crime

InSight Crime Game Changers 2015 - The Year of Corruption and Organized Crime

Welcome to InSight Crime's Game Changers 2015, where we highlight the year's most important trends in organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. This year saw some potentially game changing developments related to government corruption, organized crime, and rising pressure to alter alliances between members of the state and criminal groups. It also saw important shifts in the criminal world, in particular related to street gangs and the realignment of large criminal enterprises.

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.