Former FARC commander Luciano Marín, who goes by Iván Márquez, appears in a video calling for a return to armed conflict in Colombia on Aug 29.

How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive

In the wake of the announcement that a few ex-FARC commanders have rearmed, it's more important than ever for the government to uphold its development promises.

A former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a member of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party, takes part in a protest in Bogotá on March 18.

Colombia’s Uneasy Peace

A few years after Bogotá struck a deal with the FARC, challenges to the agreement risk undermining it.

A farmer carries a sack of coca leaves in a field in the Guaviare department, Colombia, on Sept. 25, 2017. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Swapping Cocaine for Peace

A voluntary coca crop substitution initiative in Colombia is failing. It is still the country’s best option to address its cocaine production problem.

A photo of Vanessa García when she was 16 with her 27-year-old boyfriend, who used the alias Darío Lulo, during their time with the FARC. Vanessa became pregnant and says she was forced to abort his child. (Erika Piñeros for Foreign Policy)

The Women Abandoned by Peace

Victims of sexual violence and forced abortion during Colombia’s long years of conflict have yet to see justice.

A supporter of Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro for the Colombia Humana Party holds a poster during a campaign rally in Cali, Colombia, on June 9, (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Sunday’s election is widely seen as a referendum on the historic peace accord with the FARC.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (C) arrives at a coca plantation in Pueblo Nuevo, Briceno municipality, Antioquia department, Colombia, on May 15, 2017. 
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leftist guerrillas inaugurated a plan to eradicate coca plantations and replace them with legal crops. / AFP PHOTO / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace, Drugs, and Tough Love for Colombia’s Santos in Washington

With coca production rising, Venezuela melting down next door, and a Trump administration ambivalent about a peace deal with the FARC, the embattled Colombian president has a lot on his plate.

FARC guerrillas march in column during a review at their camp in the Transitional Standardization Zone in Pondores, La Guajira department, Colombia on April 3, 2017.
The Colombian government reported that the FARC guerrillas provided a total list with the names of the 6,084 members of the rebel group who have gathered in 26 "standardization zones" across the country, where they are building accomodations that will house them until the end of the disarmament process, outlined in the peace agreement reached in November 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Joaquin Sarmiento        (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombia’s Tenuous Peace Needs U.S. Support

Donald Trump must help Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos keep the peace.


Colombian Government Says New Peace Deal Final, Senate to Meet Soon

The opposition may want peace deal negotiations to continue, but Colombia's government has other ideas.

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 02:  Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) makes the victory/peace sign with son Martin Santos (L), wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez (2nd R) and daughter Maria Antonia Santos (R) after voting in the referendum on a peace accord to end the 52-year-old guerrilla war between the FARC and the state on October 2, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. The guerrilla war is the longest-running armed conflict in the Americas and has left 220,000 dead. The plan calls for a disarmament and re-integration of most of the estimated 7,000 FARC fighters.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

What Good Is a Nobel Peace Prize in Colombia?

Some see the Nobel Peace Prize as an inspiration for Colombians to seek peace. Others see it as an affront against the president's opponents.


Will FARC and Colombia Return to the Battlefield?

After a failed referendum, what comes next will determine whether war or peace breaks out.


What the Hell Just Happened in Colombia?

The government’s peace deal with the FARC rebel group just met a Brexit-style demise. Here’s why it went off the rails.


Why Colombia’s Government Compromised for Peace

The government in Bogotá was winning the war. So why did it decide to give concessions to the rebels anyway?

TOPSHOT - Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attend the opening ceremony of the September 17-23 10th National Guerrilla Conference at the camp in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 17, 2016.
After 52 years of armed conflict, FARC rebels open what leaders hope will be their last conference as a guerrilla army, where they are due to vote on a historic peace deal with the Colombian government. / AFP / LUIS ACOSTA        (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside FARC’s Postwar Jungle Camp Finishing School

Leftist guerillas have been trekking across Colombia for classes on Marxist economics, cultural history, and how to run for office.

A Colombian police officer stands next to a Metro bus burned by criminal gang members in Belen neighborhood, Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on April 1, 2016, during a 24-hour strike enforced by the criminal gang 'Los Urabenos' to the commercial activity and the transport system in different Colombian regions. 'Los Urabeños' handed out pamphlets threatening to kill anyone daring to defy their call to strike.   AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombia’s War Just Ended. A New Wave of Violence Is Beginning.

As the country declares peace after five decades of war against the FARC, a scramble for territory and control over the drug trade is emboldening new, anarchic gangs.

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - APRIL 2: Former President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, greets supporters during the demonstration against the Peace Process in Medellin, April 2nd, 2016. People took the streets of Colombia against Government polices including the the way the peace treaty is being handle. (Photo by Eduardo Leal For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Politics Roils Colombia’s Tentative Peace Deal With the FARC

As the government of Juan Manuel Santos looks to finalize a peace deal — four years in the making — with rebels, opponents are trying to rip it to shreds.


Plan Colombia Shouldn’t Be the Price of Peace with the FARC

Colombia has undergone an economic transformation over the last 15 years — and if the deal to end the country's 50-year blows that up, it will be a disaster.

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