Murder of Gaitanista Leader Shows Internal Divisions Ahead of Colombia Peace Talks
Siopas, a Gaitanista leader, was reportedly intending to break away from the criminal group before he was murdered.
GameChangers 2022: Could 'Total Peace' Lead to Disarmament of Colombia's Armed Groups?
Colombian President Gustavo Petro's Total Peace plan faces a very tough road ahead. Can over 20 criminal groups really all commit to peace?…
Fentanyl Has Become a Hidden Killer in Mexico
The threat of fentanyl in Mexico is growing, yet a lack of comprehensive data collection means the problem is unseen at the national level.
Can Colombia's Gustavo Petro Overcome Violent Challenge to 'Total Peace'?
Will the killing of seven police officers allegedly by ex-FARC Mafia derail Gustavo Petro's 'Total Peace' plan?…
Gaitanistas Ask Colombia's Incoming Government to Negotiate
The Urabeños, and some smaller Colombian gangs, have sent a letter to president-elect Gustavo Petro to seek peace.
What Mexico Gets Wrong About Its Fentanyl Problem
An announcement by the Mexican government about the largest seizure of illegal fentanyl in the country's history appeared to ignore the complex realities of how this synthetic opioid is produced.
Quibdó: The New Epicenter of Violence in Northwestern Colombia
The end of an alliance between two local gangs and possible ties to large criminal groups looking to establish control in the region, further complicate security in Quibdó, the capital…
Five Years into Colombia Peace Process, Ex-FARC Fighters Continue to Flee
Alerts of the mass displacement of ex-combatants in Meta, due to the deteriorating security situation in the department, warn of the ongoing challenges that persist in Colombia five years after…
The Gaitanistas After Otoniel - What Becomes of Colombia's Largest Criminal Threat?
Long-time leader, Otoniel, President Iván Duque said the gang's "days were numbered." But is that accurate?…
Land Restitution: A Dangerous Job in Colombia
Repeated attacks on teams recovering stolen lands in Colombia highlight the risks involved in restitution, a little-known process that is nevertheless critical to the country's peace agreement.
Colombia's Guerrillas Bring Landmines to Venezuela
Reports by the Venezuelan government of landmines in Apure state, demonstrate the recent expansion of a warfare tactic used by guerrillas in Colombia into neighboring Venezuela.
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