After more than 60 years of internal conflict, at the outset of 2014 Colombia’s government and the FARC appear to be on the road to a peace agreement.
President Juan Manuel Santos and Enrique Peñalosa, his closest rival in the country's upcoming presidential elections in May, have both expressed their willingness to continue negotiations. Many observers are now focusing on how an eventual agreement is going to be implemented rather than what is, in fact, being negotiated.
Throughout the conflict’s history, most of Colombia’s major urban centers remained relatively isolated from the violence that affected rural areas. In fact, the original grievances of the FARC — the insurgents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — were predominantly rural in nature.… Seguir leyendo »