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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.

BACRIM: Winner or Loser in Colombia Peace Deal?

BACRIM: Winner or Loser in Colombia Peace Deal?

Colombia's organized crime groups are preparing to take over FARC-held territory once the rebel group withdraws from a decades-long conflict, but the country's looming peace deal is not a wholly positive development for these criminal organizations. 

FARC Concentration Zones May Help Prevent Recycled Violence

FARC Concentration Zones May Help Prevent Recycled Violence

The recently announced concentration zones where FARC guerrillas will gather upon the signing of a peace agreement with Colombia's government provide the two sides an opportunity to prevent the continuation of violence and illegal activity in these areas. 

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their plans for a definitive ceasefire and concentration of guerrilla fighters in an historic event in Havana, Cuba. But nothing goes into effect until the final peace agreement is signed, and there is still no plan to address the criminal earnings that sustain the rebel movement.

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.