In our August 10 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Simon Fraser University Research Associate Benoît Gomis about the myths and realities of the threat of "narco-terroism" in Latin America.
When Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, officially becomes a political party, their cousins in the ELN will assume the status of Colombia's most powerful guerrilla army. But while the ELN are also talking of a peaceful exit, signs on the ground point to a rebel army -- and criminal organization -- in expansion.
Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts doubts on the ability of the government to prevent illegal armed groups from regenerating the vicious criminal circle.
Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN guerrilla group have backtracked once again due to the issue of ongoing kidnappings by the rebels, highlighting how this issue has become a key stumbling block to the talks.