Why Colombia’s Historic Peace Breakthrough Was the ‘Easy Part’

Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, patrol the Mecaya river in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia, Aug. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, patrol the Mecaya river in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia, Aug. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
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This is it. As of Aug. 24, after 52 years of fighting and four years of negotiating, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have a peace accord. The FARC will cease to be one of the hemisphere’s largest generators of violence and will transition into a peaceful political movement. Already, the past 13 months have been the least violent period in Colombia since the conflict with the FARC began in 1964. And at midnight on Aug. 29, the government and the leftist guerrillas made it permanent, calling a definitive halt to all hostilities. The […]

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