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Is Colombia Underestimating the Scale of FARC Dissidence?

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 Crime field research indicates that the actual number of dissidents is much higher, and could be growing due to issues related to the implementation of a November 2016 peace agreement with the rebel group.

Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

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 commander who refused to demobilize under last year's peace agreement. But while a militarized approach to fighting dissidents may yield limited results, the government's best weapon against FARC desertion remains the swift and full implementation of reintegration measures for demobilized fighters.

Colombia's FARC Pressures Government to Comply With Peace Obligations

Colombia's FARC Pressures Government to Comply With Peace Obligations

Colombia's FARC guerrilla group is putting pressure on the government to comply with promises made under last year's peace agreement at a critical moment in the implementation process, underscoring lingering concerns about the potential for dissidence among former rebel fighters.

US Ambassador: FARC 'Have Not Complied' With Colombia Peace Deal

US Ambassador: FARC 'Have Not Complied' With Colombia Peace Deal

The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to growing pressure from the United States over the historic deal.

FARC Entrance to Colombia’s Political Arena Haunted by Guerrillas’ Past

FARC Entrance to Colombia’s Political Arena Haunted by Guerrillas’ Past

Colombia's demobilized FARC guerrilla group recently launched a new political party, but internal divisions have left the future of the new organization uncertain. 

Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

Recent testimony before the US Senate revived allegations that a Venezuela-owned company in Nicaragua may have laundered money for Colombia's demobilizing FARC guerrillas, once again raising the question of whether foreign governments may have been complicit in washing the fighters' dirty cash.

Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial benefits offered to demobilizing rebels under the terms of a 2016 peace agreement. The incident is another sign of the obstacles the country's thriving drug trade poses to the peace process.

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.