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Colombia Town Anxious Ahead of Peace Plan's Experiment in Coca Substitution

Colombia Town Anxious Ahead of Peace Plan's Experiment in Coca Substitution

Verdad Abierta presents a close-up of the small mountain town Colombia has selected to pilot an internationally-supported coca crop substitution project that will be jointly managed by the government and guerrillas with the goal of bringing peace and undermining the country's premiere criminal economy.

FARC Rebels Pulling Out of Northern Colombia?

FARC Rebels Pulling Out of Northern Colombia?

Local officials in a FARC stronghold in northern Colombia have sounded the alarm about criminal groups moving in as rebels pull out in the run-up to a peace deal, an assertion that appears to be premature but raises valid questions about how the government will re-establish a state presence in the area.

Huge Cocaine Lab Bust Reveals Colombia's Challenges for Peace

Huge Cocaine Lab Bust Reveals Colombia's Challenges for Peace

Colombia's seizure of a huge cocaine production complex is a clear sign that the drug trade is as strong as ever in the country's far south, a lucrative crime hub that could pose a series of threats to the imminent "post conflict" era.

Shifting Criminal Alliances Could Complicate FARC Concentration Zones

Shifting Criminal Alliances Could Complicate FARC Concentration Zones

Evolving relationships with criminal and paramilitary actors in several areas of Colombia could complicate efforts to establish concentration zones intended to facilitate the demobilization of the country's largest guerrilla group as a historic peace process continues to unfold.

Conflict Scarred Town Skeptical of Colombia Peace Process

Conflict Scarred Town Skeptical of Colombia Peace Process

The municipality of El Bagre in the Bajo Cauca region of Antioquia department is a clear example of what could become Colombia’s post-conflict situation: disputes between armed groups over control of territory and illegal income, the aftermath of war in plain sight, and terrorized communities caught in a crossfire that does not respect social condition, age, or gender.

'We Will Not Demobilize': First FARC Dissidents Won't Be The Last

'We Will Not Demobilize': First FARC Dissidents Won't Be The Last

A FARC guerrilla unit has announced that it will not demobilize as part of a peace deal with the Colombian government, foreshadowing the likely criminalization of more FARC factions across the nation.

Leader of Colombia's FARC Announces Halt to Extortion

Leader of Colombia's FARC Announces Halt to Extortion

The leader of Colombia's FARC guerrillas has ordered members to stop charging its "revolutionary tax," a symbolic end to the group's extortion practices that may prove difficult to enforce.

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.