Conflict in Colombia

Authors: Dr. Annette Idler, Dr. Jota Samper, Dr. Katerina Tkacova • Resource type: Interactive Visualizations


​The conflict in Colombia started as a left-wing guerrilla insurgency against the Colombian government. Later in the conflict, new actors formed in reaction to the violence and instability (Pécaut, 2001), such as the violent engagement of paramilitary groups, including the paramilitary umbrella group AUC and its individual Bloque Central Bolívar, primarily with the left-wing guerrillas FARC and ELN (Saab & Taylor, 2009). Similarly, the drug trade and associated drug cartels became intertwined with the Colombian conflict (Felbab-Brown, 2010; Idler, 2019).

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