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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 UN Verification Mission's Essential Role in Colombia's Long-Awaited Ceasefire

The UN Verification Mission's Essential Role in Colombia's Long-Awaited Ceasefire

A UN verification mission is expected to play a vital role in an expected cease-fire between the FARC and the Government of Colombia. Adam Isacson, the Washington Office on Latin America's senior associate for regional security, examines what form the United Nation's presence is likely to take.

Coca Boom in Northeast Colombia Troubling for Peace Plans

Coca Boom in Northeast Colombia Troubling for Peace Plans

US government figures reveal that the continuing cocaine boom in Colombia has seen the northeastern department of Norte de Santander emerge as the country's main hub for coca cultivation, revealing changing criminal dynamics with serious implications for Colombia's rapidly approaching post-conflict future.

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.

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.