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Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

August 15 is the final day of the historic disarmament of Colombia's FARC rebels, paving the way for the next crucial part of the peace process: successfully reintegrating them into society. But the former combatants are vulnerable and tensions are high. Will the government be able to prevent the deterioration of Colombia's security situation and ensure that demobilized fighters do not return to crime?

Weekly InSight: Narco-Terrorism in Latin America, How Real Is the Threat?

Weekly InSight: Narco-Terrorism in Latin America, How Real Is the Threat?

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.

Reports Show Ex-FARC Criminal Cells Taking Shape Around Colombia

Reports Show Ex-FARC Criminal Cells Taking Shape Around Colombia

Colombia's FARC guerrillas are just weeks away from completing their demobilization, but reports of arms thefts, drug trafficking, forced recruitment and murders linked to FARC dissidents show how a new underworld is already taking shape in their wake.

DEA Agents Posed as FARC to Net International Arms Trafficker

DEA Agents Posed as FARC to Net International Arms Trafficker

A man from the Ivory Coast has pleaded guilty in a US court to offering support to undercover DEA agents posing as members of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group, raising questions about the handling of similar operations in the future in light of the FARC's ongoing demobilization.

Colombia Amnesty Decree Eases Fears Over FARC Prisoners

Colombia Amnesty Decree Eases Fears Over FARC Prisoners

The Colombian government has issued a new decree to facilitate the release of incarcerated FARC guerrillas, removing an obstacle to the amnesty process that had become one of the most serious short-term threats to the implementation of Colombia's peace accords.

8 Months In, Concerns Linger as Colombia's FARC Peace Process Advances

8 Months In, Concerns Linger as Colombia's FARC Peace Process Advances

A new report on the main successes and shortcomings of Colombia's historic peace process with the FARC guerrilla group shows that rural violence and politics continue to be major obstacles to a deal that could either reform and improve Colombia's countryside or precipitate a new era of criminal chaos.

Colombia Begins Giving Demobilized FARC Access to Banking System

Colombia Begins Giving Demobilized FARC Access to Banking System

The government of Colombia has begun bringing demobilizing FARC guerrillas into the formal banking system, but international sanctions on FARC leaders could complicate this important step in the process of reintegrating former fighters into society.

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.