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Colombia's Anti-Drug Policy Benefiting BACRIM: Inspector General

Colombia's Anti-Drug Policy Benefiting BACRIM: Inspector General

Colombia's Inspector General has said the country's softened position on eradicating coca crops has benefited the neo-paramilitary organizations known as the BACRIM, raising the question of whether these groups will be the big winners in the event of a peace deal with leftist guerrillas.

What the FARC's Elusive Finances Mean for Peace

What the FARC's Elusive Finances Mean for Peace

New estimates that the FARC guerrilla organization is worth billions of dollars draw attention to a highly contested issue that is critical to the peace talks between Colombia and its largest rebel group.

ELN-FARC Battle Urabeños in Colombia

ELN-FARC Battle Urabeños in Colombia

Clashes between leftist guerillas and a neo-paramilitary organized crime group in the Colombian province of Antioquia may foreshadow the violent renegotiation of criminal economies and territories that could occur if guerilla groups and the government sign peace accords.

Violence in West Colombia Foreshadows Problems for Peace Deal

Violence in West Colombia Foreshadows Problems for Peace Deal

A mass displacement in west Colombia, due to clashes between leftist guerrillas and drug trafficking paramilitaries, may be a foreshadowing of one scenario awaiting the country should the insurgents from the FARC agree to a peace deal in coming months.

FARC Front Commander Talks Peace Talks, Drugs

FARC Front Commander Talks Peace Talks, Drugs

Local Colombian newspaper El Colombiano has obtained privileged access to the FARC's 18th Front, a sign of how the rebel group is reopening its doors to the media as the deadline for the peace talks with the government draws near.

5 Challenges Criminal Economies Pose for Post-Conflict Colombia

5 Challenges Criminal Economies Pose for Post-Conflict Colombia

A recent investigation by the independent think tank Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) reveals that while peace negotiations between Colombia's government and rebel group the FARC advance in Cuba, other illegal groups and their sources of financing have already begun to adjust to a post-conflict environment. 

FARC Hiding Assets in Costa Rica: Report

FARC Hiding Assets in Costa Rica: Report

According to a recent report, a leader of Colombian guerrilla group the FARC has multi-million dollar properties in Costa Rica, raising questions regarding the origin of these assets, and what will happen to the guerrilla group's finances should it eventually demobilize.

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.