Douglas Farah

Douglas Farah is president of IBI Consultants and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. His writings do not reflect the policies or opinions of NDU or the U.S. government.

As past demobilization efforts show, significant segments of non-state armed actors who are supposed to disarm simply move on from ideologically inspired violence to economically driven violence.

There are multiple reasons for the surprise outcome, but largely missing from the discussion is the fact that the FARC is perhaps the most reviled insurgency that ever arose in Latin America.

The chances the government’s ongoing peace negotiations with FARC will end with the guerrillas morphing into a political party willing and participating in the democratic process are iffy.