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GameChangers 2017: Local Politics, Organized Crime’s New Power Base in Latin America

Reporting by InSight Crime in 2017 revealed how organized crime managed to infiltrate local politics in Latin America as well as the multiple ways in which criminal...

GameChangers 2017: Drug Trade Dynamics Shape Latin America’s Criminal Landscape

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the...

GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key...

Colombia’s FARC Confront Difficult Reality of Returning to Society

In a September 22 letter to Colombia’s UN Verification Mechanism, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC)...

Massacre in Magüí Payán, Post-Conflict Colombia’s Hidden Time Bomb

On November 27, 13 people were killed in the municipality of Magüí Payán, in the southeastern Colombia department of Nariño, after an alleged confrontation...

Colombia’s Peace Agreement With the FARC Survives First Year

A year after the signing of the FARC peace agreement, the Colombian government's efforts to end the conflict with the guerrilla group have...
Political obstruction and lack of leadership has held back peace laws

Time Running Out for Colombia Congress to Pass FARC Peace Legislation

Time is running out for Colombia's government to establish the legal framework for implementing a peace agreement with the now-former insurgents of the FARC...
In Nariño, honest work is at a premium

New Plan for Tumaco, Colombia Is Just Old Plan Repackaged

Surrounded by several of his ministers, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos announced October 21 that "9,000 police and military" would fight against drug...
A coca farmer in Antioquia, Colombia

Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky...
Former FARC fighters are deserting the peace process and returning to crime

Is Colombia Underestimating the Scale of FARC Dissidence?

The Colombian government has released estimates indicating that only a small percentage of former FARC guerrillas have abandoned the peace process. But InSight...
A victim of the shootout during the protest

Confusion Surrounds Bloody Incident Linked to Colombia Coca Eradication

A protest by farmers in Colombia against government eradication of coca crops left several civilians dead and wounded. But conflicting version of events have made...
Dissident FARC Commander alias Euclides Mora was killed by the Colombian military

Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

Dissidents of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have suffered their most significant blow to date in a military operation that lead to the death of a guerrilla...