The FARC and the Challenges of Transitioning from Armed Struggle to Politics in Colombia

After more than five decades of war waged in the name of bringing revolutionary change, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, now seek to transform themselves into a political party. The mechanisms were hammered out during six years of negotiation as the FARC and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos sought a political solution to the internal armed conflict. Yet while the final peace agreement was signed in late 2016, the details had to be confirmed by both houses of the Colombian Congress, which has finally taken place. Now all sides wait for the final FARC disarmament, and contemplate how the new political arrangement will fare, with varying degrees of sympathy and optimism.

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