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Resurgence of Coca in Putumayo Reflects Colombia’s Failed Strategy

The south of Putumayo has re-emerged as Colombia’s second-largest coca producing center, following a period of demobilizations and crop substitutions that had led...
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Allies in High Places Behind ‘La Constru’ Rise in Colombia

The capture of key leaders of La Constru, including a longtime kingpin and a capo who kept company with a colonel, has exposed the high-level alliances the group's...
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Ex-FARC Mafia’s 1st Front Close to Controlling Colombia’s Putumayo

A powerful FARC dissident front is fortifying its presence in the southwestern department of Putumayo, a former guerrilla stronghold, a region dense with coca...
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Seuxis Pausías Hernández, alias “Jesús Santrich”

Seuxis Pausías Hernández Solarte, alias “Jesús Santrich,” is a well-known member of the General Staff of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of...
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Op-Ed: Organized Crime Tightens its Grip on Venezuela

Juan Guaidó tried to bluff Nicólas Maduro at the Venezuelan political poker table, pretending he had the enough of the military in his hand to take the pot. He...
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Colombia Captures Leader of Los Pachelly But Gang is Thriving

The capture of a top leader of Los Pachelly, a powerful gang centered in the town of Bello near Medellín, has been lauded by authorities. But the group's power...
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Ex-FARC Mafia Shaking Down Smugglers on Colombia-Ecuador Border

The hijacking of 11 vehicles loaded with contraband by ex-FARC Mafia along the border with Ecuador has revealed a new form of criminal financing for the former...
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Failed Venezuela Uprising Benefits Armed and Criminal Groups

Venezuela's social conflict and violence may be even more complicated a week after the failed military uprising led by Juan Guaidó. This continued descent into...
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Extrajudicial Killing Dims Hopes for Colombia’s Demobilized FARC

A Colombian soldier recently killed a demobilized FARC member in a reintegration camp, adding to the mounting deaths and disappearances of former guerrilla fighters...
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Hernán Darío Velásquez Saldarriaga, alias ‘El Paisa’

Hernán Darío Velásquez, better known as 'El Paisa,' was a top former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de...
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Will New Arrest Warrant Hamstring Colombia Peace Process?

The Colombian government has issued an arrest warrant for one of the FARC’s most militant commanders, which may result in him being expelled from the...
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Op-Ed: Could the FARC Peace Process in Colombia Still Fail?

Former Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos said that the peace process with the FARC is “irreversible.” He may yet be proven...