Chronicle of a Threat Foretold: the ex-FARC Mafia

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

Colombia’s peace process is at a critical stage. A growing number of FARC dissidents have taken up arms again, raising the question – is the country condemned to see history repeat itself?

The growth of the ex-FARC mafia, as InSight Crime has named the FARC dissidents, has been worryingly fast. And now that senior commanders have vowed to rebuild the FARC into a nationwide rebel force, their numbers are likely to keep growing.

Chapter 1

Is Colombia Condemned to Repeat History?

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

There were always going to be dissident elements from the FARC, from those who were unconvinced by the peace deal or simply refused to consider it. However, the ex-FARC mafia…

Chapter 2

The Evolution of the Ex-FARC Mafia

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

Even before the signing of the 2016 peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government, it was clear that not all of the former guerillas would welcome and join…

Chapter 3

The Tipping Point: Iván Márquez Deserts the Peace Process

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

In August 2019, the nature of the ex-FARC mafia changed from a localized nuisance to a national security threat. Iván Márquez and several of the more notorious FARC commanders announced…

Chapter 4

The Criminal Portfolio of the Ex-FARC Mafia

COCAINE / 11 NOV 2019

With Colombia now producing more cocaine than ever before, the rise of illegal mining, as well as widespread extortion, the ex-FARC mafia has all the resources it needs to rebuild…

Chapter 5

Ex-FARC Mafia, Venezuela and the Current International Climate

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

After 2002, under increasing pressure from security forces, the FARC moved much of their leadership, logistics and funding outside of Colombia, particularly to Venezuela. The same is true for the…

Chapter 6

The Future of the Ex-FARC Mafia

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2019

Colombia is at a crossroads. Several paths lay before it. One sees the ex-FARC mafia consigned to the dustbin of history in a short period of time. However, there are…

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