Dissident Guerrillas Are Rearming in Colombia

September 11, 2019

Early in the morning on August 28, the former head negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), Iván Márquez, announced via a YouTube video the official rearmament of a faction of FARC in what appears to be the eastern plains on the Colombian border with Venezuela and...

Can the FARC Overcome Its Historic Divides?

November 20, 2018

Thus far, FARC politicians in congress are keeping up their end of the Havana accords and actively participating in Colombia’s democratic process. During the months of August through October of last year, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas transformed into a...

How Will Ivan Duque Navigate Colombia’s Latest Political Storm?

August 09, 2018

The new president must choose between respecting the independence of Colombia's judiciary and standing by the innocence of his political mentor. The inauguration of Ivan Duque as Colombia’s new president took place on August 7, on what was an extremely windy afternoon in the capital city of...

Will the FARC Suffer Pablo Escobar’s Political Fate?

March 07, 2018

Polls suggest that the FARC party will receive less than 1% of the popular vote in Colombia's upcoming elections. After finally seeing the end of the longest internal armed conflict in the Western hemisphere, Colombia is set to elect a new congress on March 11 and a new president on May 27. The...

Will Colombia’s Next President Overcome the Challenges of Peace?

January 30, 2018

Whoever becomes Colombia’s next president will face significant challenges, including the monumental job of guiding a divided population into a new era of peace. Colombia’s presidential elections, set to take place in the summer of 2018, the country's first since the signing of the 2016...

Defeating Systemic Corruption: Colombia’s Next Major Challenge

March 24, 2017

If corruption is not eradicated to level the political playing field, the systemically flawed democratic process will destroy any prospects of a lasting peace in Colombia. Colombia's big city streets are full of ambulant vendors offering you anything from chewing gum to a single cigarette to...

The World This Week: Voters Say No to Colombia Peace Deal

October 02, 2016

The shock results of the referendum reflect deep divisions in Colombia and raise questions over whether referendums are the best way to achieve peace in divided societies. In the year of the Brexit referendum, Colombians rejected a landmark peace deal with 50.2% voting against it. This...