Small Wars Journal


Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants SWJED 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 SWJED 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 SWJED 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.
The Circum-Caribbean (Bolivarian-Grenadine) War - Early 2017 Review SWJED 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.

Mapping the Pursuit of a ‘Combination of All Forms of Struggle’: How Colombia’s Peace Agreement Complements the FARC’s Political Strategy SWJED 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.

BACRIM in Colombia SWJED Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:06am

BACRIM in Colombia: Security Micro-Ecosystems and Violent Non-State Actor Fragmentation

Colombian Cartel Tactical Note #1 SWJED Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:22pm

Colombian Cartel Tactical Note #1: The Evolution of ‘Narco-Submarines’ Engineering