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What Does Colombia Peace Deal Mean for Cocaine Trade?

What Does Colombia Peace Deal Mean for Cocaine Trade?

A peace agreement between Colombia's government and the country’s largest rebel army has been reached, and while the end of the five-decade old civil war has immense political and social implications, it's not clear what is going to happen to the criminal economies that have sustained thousands of rebels.

Colombia Protests Bad Sign for Post-Conflict Coca Reduction

Colombia Protests Bad Sign for Post-Conflict Coca Reduction

Repeated blockades by coca farmers in Colombia are stopping state agents from eradicating their crops, in a reminder of the challenges the authorities face in implementing the eradication and substitution plan developed during peace talks with the FARC guerrillas.

FARC Units Defy Leadership Orders to Halt Extortion

FARC Units Defy Leadership Orders to Halt Extortion

Claims that elements of the FARC guerrilla organization are defying its leadership's orders to stop extorting people during the final stages of peace talks with the government of Colombia provide the latest warning sign that a many insurgents may refuse to demobilize in order to continue their criminal activities.

Are New Groups Already Moving In On FARC Drug Empire?

Are New Groups Already Moving In On FARC Drug Empire?

Warnings of new criminal groups emerging in one of Colombia's most important drug trafficking hubs suggests further violence is in store for the Pacific region as the country's underworld adjusts to the FARC guerrillas' expected demobilization.

Organized Crime Threatens Referendum on Colombia Peace Deal

Organized Crime Threatens Referendum on Colombia Peace Deal

Electoral authorities say nearly 250 municipalities in Colombia are at risk of violence or fraud affecting the referendum on an anticipated peace deal with rebel group the FARC, adding to the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of this historic vote. 

FARC Dissidents Forming Criminal Groups in Ecuador: Reports

FARC Dissidents Forming Criminal Groups in Ecuador: Reports

Recent reports suggest that dissident members of Colombia's main guerrilla group have begun forming new criminal structures in Ecuador, raising the possibility that others could follow in their footsteps as the group's leadership finalizes a peace deal with the Colombian government.

Will Colombia Say No to Peace with the FARC?

Will Colombia Say No to Peace with the FARC?

Conflicting poll data emerging from Colombia has brought into focus one of the main hurdles remaining for a peace deal with the country's FARC guerrillas -- convincing the Colombian people to vote for it.

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.