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FARC leaders sit before former guerrillas at the FARC's National Congress where they launched their political party, Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 27, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

In Colombia, The FARC’s New Political Party Struggles to Escape Its Militant Past

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

In late August, Colombia’s largest guerrilla movement, the FARC, launched a new political party, known as the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force—preserving the FARC acronym. It was the latest step toward the FARC’s political normalization after last year’s historic peace accord. In an email interview, Adam Isacson, a senior associate for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, explains how the new party fits into Colombia’s political landscape and assesses its chances for electoral success.

WPR: What history does the FARC have in establishing a political party in Colombia, and how might that influence the current formulation and decision-making of its new party? ...

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