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Crop Eradication vs. Substitution Doubts Crippling Colombia Rural Communities

Colombia’s voluntary crop substitution program has seen almost 35,000 hectares of coca crops destroyed in just eight months, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), showing the popularity of this strategy at a time when President Iván Duque is pushing for forced eradication.

Op-Ed: Promoting the Formation of New Criminal Menace in Colombia?

There is now a clear and present criminal menace and national security threat taking shape, and the Colombian government may be encouraging its growth through its policy choices.

Past Extrajudicial Murders Haunt Colombia’s Military Command

The presence of several generals accused of being involved in extrajudicial killings within Colombia’s military command has raised concerns that President Iván Duque is whitewashing past misdeeds to achieve his national security goals

Aggressive Coca Eradication Threatens Voluntary Substitution Efforts in Colombia

Colombia’s new government plans to deploy an ambitious program to forcefully eradicate illicit crops, stoking fears for the future of a crop substitution program that has been limping along since its creation following the country’s 2016 peace agreement.

FARC Dissidents Growing Faster Than Colombia Can Count

Two Colombian intelligence reports, published three months apart, show contradictions in the number of ex-FARC Mafia and their rate of expansion, although they both agree these splinter groups are growing.

Colombia Legal Changes Jeopardize Future of FARC Agreement

Controversy surrounding the extension and modifications of a crucial law in Colombia shows the continued risks facing the successful implementation of the government's peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas. This could also jeopardize the already uncertain future of peace talks with the ELN.

FARC Dissidents and the ELN Turn Venezuela Into Criminal Enclave

A recent meeting in Venezuela between the leaders of two Colombian guerrilla groups may signal consolidated organized crime activities in the neighboring country because such groups have found it easier to operate and evade pressure from the Colombian government.

3 Obstacles for Transitional Justice in Colombia

A transitional justice system formed after the signing of a historic peace agreement with Colombia’s FARC rebels to try former fighters for crimes committed during the country’s decades-long armed conflict continues to face obstacles, further threatening the possibility of achieving lasting peace in the country.

Coca Regions Most Deadly for Colombia Activists

A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on community workers.

Attacks on Multinationals in Colombia: Signs of New Criminal Era

A series of attacks on multinational companies operating in Colombia could indicate that armed groups are shedding discipline for increased criminal gains, in a new era of organized crime in the country.

Colombia Seizes First Assets Linked to Ex-FARC Mafia

Authorities in Colombia have seized the first set of assets allegedly linked to a dissident ex-FARC mafia network, providing further insight into the economic standing of these dissident groups.

Is the FARC Political Experiment Dead in the Water?

The FARC political party appears in disarray as it celebrates its first birthday, and the internal fracture rocking the political movement one year after its inauguration could seriously damage the ongoing implementation of peace.