On Sept. 4, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC guerrillas. In the works for some time, the announcement follows the steady chipping away of insurgent strength by government security forces. However, no one should hold their breath that it will yield immediate results.
Historically, attempts to negotiate peace with the FARC have ended in failure. Even if current leaders cut a deal, fronts scattered throughout the countryside may not fall in line. And many of the conditions in Colombia’s vast rural areas that fueled the 50-year insurgency have not changed.… Seguir leyendo »