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.
More than three weeks after suspending talks with guerrilla group the FARC, the Colombian government has resumed negotiations with the rebels. But one of the toughest questions yet lies ahead for the peace process: will Colombia need to change its laws to assure guerrillas who may demobilize that they won't be extradited to the US on drug trafficking charges, and if so, will the public tolerate it? Read More
A new United Nations report provides some sense of the scale of Colombia's conflict since rebel group the FARC began peace talks with the government in 2012, as negotiations reinitiated on December 10, following the capture of a military general in November. Read More
In a radio interview, President Juan Manuel Santos said that Colombia should consider expanding its definition of political crimes to include drug trafficking, sparking debate and raising questions about whether the political environment exists to push such a reform through. Read More
A journalist in Peru has reported that Colombia's FARC guerrillas are profiting from the illegal gold trade inside Peru, underscoring the rebels' cross-border activities and their deep involvement in the lucrative illegal mining business. Read More
The kidnapping of a military general by FARC rebels operating in Colombia's Pacific state of Choco -- which led to the suspension of peace talks with the government -- has shone a spotlight on the organized crime dynamics present in the country's most valuable criminal real estate. Read More
Colombia's president has suspended a two-year peace process with the FARC guerrillas after the kidnapping of an army general, amid questions of whether this action was sanctioned by the rebel leadership or was the work of a rogue unit seeking to undermine the peace process. Read More