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FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident elements of the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group are maintaining operations in this traditional trafficking hub.

FARC Demobilization Faces Challenges Separating Narcos from Guerrillas

FARC Demobilization Faces Challenges Separating Narcos from Guerrillas

Authorities in Colombia have denied a drug trafficker's attempts to pass himself off as a demobilizing FARC guerrilla, but released a guerrilla wanted for drug trafficking in the United States. The contrasting cases highlight the difficulties Colombia faces in legally untangling the drug trade from the conflict, a process that if not handled carefully will provide ammunition to those seeking to undermine the peace process.

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

What Can Bolivia Teach Post-Conflict Colombia about Coca Reduction?

A new report by an advocacy group based in Bolivia details how the Andean nation's failed experiences with forced coca eradication can be used as a lesson for Colombia, which is witnessing a surge in cocaine production amid the implementation of a peace deal with the FARC rebel group.  

Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the 'Pacific Pearl' Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the 'Pacific Pearl' Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

A huge percentage of Colombia's soaring cocaine production has apparently passed through a single municipality, Tumaco, over the first few months of year. What makes this region so strategic, and who has the biggest stake in its criminal bounty?

Colombia Court Ruling Spells Trouble for FARC Peace Process

Colombia Court Ruling Spells Trouble for FARC Peace Process

A ruling by Colombia's Constitutional Court has created an opportunity for opponents of the country's peace process with the FARC to sabotage the implementation of the accords, potentially fueling dissent among the guerrilla ranks as well as violence and uncertainty in the underworld.

Venezuela Suspends Border Governor After He Speaks Out on Crime

Venezuela Suspends Border Governor After He Speaks Out on Crime

The governor of a Venezuela border state who frequently pointed out criminal activity by Colombia's rebel armies on his part of the frontier has been banned from public office for 15 years by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Dissident FARC Guerrillas Kidnap UN Official in Colombia

Dissident FARC Guerrillas Kidnap UN Official in Colombia

Dissident elements of Colombia's FARC rebel group reportedly kidnapped a member of a United Nations delegation, signaling the breakaway faction's intention to continue its armed struggle even as the guerrilla demobilization moves forward.  

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.