Some Questions to Help You Better Understand the U.S.-Colombia Security Dynamic and Opportunities to Enhance the Relationship
Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:25am
The dramatic increase of Venezuelan refugees entering the country, record-level coca cultivation and cocaine production levels, and the power vacuum created by the disarmament, and demobilization of the country’s oldest insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in key cultivation and smuggling areas are just a few things for U.S. policy makers, defense officials, and legislators to take into consideration as they evaluate bilateral security assistance to Colombia.
Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:16am
Reports that criminal groups in Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants from Venezuela shows how these armed actors are taking advantage of those fleeing the neighboring country’s economic crisis in order to strengthen their criminal structures.
Endless Intervention: The Great Danger of Convergence
Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:38am
In this essay I will argue that the threat of convergence to the Westphalian System has been exaggerated. Then, using the FARC and Colombia as a case study, I will argue that convergence is already being used to justify morally questionable interventions.
The Persistence of the FARC
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:28am
The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) declared their insurgency in 1964 and did not sign a peace agreement with the Government of Colombia (GoC) until 2016. This qualifies the FARC insurgency as one of the longest running in history (Leech, 2011). Through fifty-two years of government attacks, terrible defeats, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and through the demobilization or defeat of many sister movements, the FARC persisted. In this paper, I will attempt to account for this persistence.
Narco-Drones: A New Way to Transport Drugs
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:34am
A narcotrafficking technique first used in Mexico now expands to other countries in Central and South America.
The Circum-Caribbean (Bolivarian-Grenadine) War - Early 2017 Review
Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:28pm
This paper updates and expands upon an essay published in Small Wars Journal in 2014. Some of the text from the 2014 essay has been left intact as still operative.
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 3: Brazilian Gangs and Colombian BACRIM Recruit Demobilized FARC Commandos
Tue, 05/16/2017 - 8:38am
The aftermath of Colombia’s long FARC insurgency has left a criminal power vacuum.
Mapping the Pursuit of a ‘Combination of All Forms of Struggle’: How Colombia’s Peace Agreement Complements the FARC’s Political Strategy
Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:36pm
By mapping the historical development of FARC’s political agenda, this paper addresses how the 2016 Peace Agreement supports facets of the FARC’s political strategy.
This paper offers a perspective on the use of Law of Armed Conflict standards vice Criminal Law standards in the context of Columbia's conflict with the FARC and current reconciliation efforts.
About the Author(s)
The Sword of Honor Campaign in the Cauca Valley: 2011-2013 Colombian Conflict Focus of Effort
Peter J. Munson
Fri, 05/31/2013 - 3:30am
The outcome of the fighting in this part of the country will greatly influence the outcome of the whole conflict.