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FARC Concentration Zones May Help Prevent Recycled Violence

FARC Concentration Zones May Help Prevent Recycled Violence

The recently announced concentration zones where FARC guerrillas will gather upon the signing of a peace agreement with Colombia's government provide the two sides an opportunity to prevent the continuation of violence and illegal activity in these areas. 

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their plans for a definitive ceasefire and concentration of guerrilla fighters in an historic event in Havana, Cuba. But nothing goes into effect until the final peace agreement is signed, and there is still no plan to address the criminal earnings that sustain the rebel movement.

8 Reasons Why Colombia’s Post-Conflict is Still a Ways Off

8 Reasons Why Colombia’s Post-Conflict is Still a Ways Off

The FARC’s pledge to end its war to overthrow the Colombian state is a huge step forward in reducing the country's violence. But an end to the five-decade old civil conflict is still far off.

FARC-Govt Coca Accord Plants Seeds of Change in Colombia

FARC-Govt Coca Accord Plants Seeds of Change in Colombia

Colombia's first-ever coca substitution program involving rebel group the FARC has the potential to significantly alter the country's drug trafficking landscape, but there are stumbling blocks that could derail efforts to contain the country's booming cocaine production. 

Displacement Rising as Colombia's Conflict Moves into New Phase

Displacement Rising as Colombia's Conflict Moves into New Phase

Monitoring groups say displacement in Colombia is once again rising, a trend likely linked to clashes between armed groups positioning themselves to capitalize on criminal opportunities created by the expected demobilization of the country's biggest guerrilla force.

The FARC and Child Soldiers: A Question of Reintegration

The FARC and Child Soldiers: A Question of Reintegration

Following the announcement that Colombia's FARC guerrillas will release minors from its ranks as part of peace negotiations with the government, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs examines what will become of the child soldiers -- and the guerrillas that recruited them.

Key FARC Faction Challenges Colombia Peace Process

Key FARC Faction Challenges Colombia Peace Process

A major faction of Colombian guerrilla group the FARC has said it will ignore ongoing peace talks between rebel leaders and the government in Cuba, a potential sign of internal dissent over the two-year peace process.

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.