A snapshot of the ELN guerrillas’ current capacities, internal divisions, and prospects for peace, as well as a mapping of its presence in Colombia (but not Venezuela).
The Bogotá think tank, which maintains a database of conflict events, finds that the ELN did not violate its declared ceasefire during the first eight days of April.
An investigation of what COVID-19 might mean for the balance between armed and criminal groups; the humanitarian situation; migration and borders; social protest; the security forces; and implementation of the peace accord.
An accounting of acts of violence against local political and social leaders around the country. The MOE counts 41 killings of such leaders during the first three months of 2020.
A look at recent changes in Colombia’s cocaine market, coca production, armed group participation, and transshipment patterns.
CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds the same number of politically motivated murders in March as in February.
The multi-part story of alias “Memo Fantasma,” a paramilitary drug trafficker with a long history and a low profile, who appears to have gotten away with it.
Researcher Carolina Naranjo Escobar highlights the importance of social leaders for local-level state building, and steps that Colombia’s government must take to protect them.
A look at the state of financing for the Territorially Focused Development Programs (PDET) foreseen in the peace accords’ first chapter, by a think tank affiliated with the FARC party.
After the peace accord, “the national government failed to ensure a functional institutional presence in several PAs [protected areas],” and deforestation increased.
“The half-hearted implementation of the peace agreement and the persistence of violence suggest a grim outlook.”
CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds some reduction in politically motivated murders in February compared to December and January.
Documentation of abuses that Colombian National Police committed during mostly peaceful demonstrations in late 2019.
An infographic responding to some of the concerns raised by victims and by the general public after the FARC’s initial testimonies about its practice of mass kidnapping during the conflict.
The ICRC’s annual overview of the humanitarian situation in Colombia. Finds an alarming 2019 increase in landmine victims, confinements, and attacks on medical personnel.
A look at fragmentation of and disputes between armed groups, the effect of Venezuela’s crisis, and the humanitarian crisis in Catatumbo, a conflictive region of Norte de Santander department.
A vivid and alarming look at life in Venezuelan refugee communities on the Colombian side of the northern part of the binational border.
CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds a 33 percent reduction in political killings from 2018 to 2019, despite an increase in threats.
A detailed overview of the security situation at the Colombia-Venezuela border.
An annual report on the state of press freedom in Colombia by the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa.
An investigation into the current state of the ELN guerrillas, and prospects for an eventual re-start of negotiations.
Abuses including murder, forced labor, child recruitment, and rape are often committed as part of the groups’ strategy to control the social, political, and economic life of Arauca and Apure. Impunity for such abuses is the rule.
Vanda Felbab-Brown analyzes Colombia’s options for reducing the size of its coca crop, and concludes, “The most effective policy to sustainably reduce illicit crops would deliver robust assistance before demanding eradication.”