Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivered a televised address on Sunday on the occasion of the historical agreement. (Image: Colombian Government)

Top Story —The Colombian government will decrease military activity against FARC rebels, provided that the leftist guerrilla group upholds a recently announced unilateral ceasefire, according to a statement made Sunday by negotiation facilitators in Havana, Cuba. While government officials did not specify what military activity would be curtailed, they stressed that the step did not…

Angelika Rettberg, director of the Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding Research Program at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. (Image: YouTube)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — On Sunday, diplomats in Havana, Cuba announced that the Colombian government will de-escalate its military campaign against the FARC rebel group, if that group adheres to the unilateral ceasefire it is set to observe from July 20 onward. The announcement, made by the Cuban and Norwegian diplomats mediating peace talks between the…

FARC negotiator Iván Márquez. (Image: Youtube,)

Top Story — Colombia’s FARC rebels on Wednesday announced they will observe a unilateral ceasefire starting on July 20, a positive sign amid a recent escalation of tensions between the guerrilla group and the government. FARC negotiator Iván Márquez said in Havana, Cuba, that the group hopes for the government to return the gesture and…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (Image: Center for American Progress, CC BY-ND 2.0)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced on Wednesday that it will institute a month-long unilateral ceasefire, beginning on July 20. The truce called by the FARC is the second unilateral ceasefire that the South American country’s largest leftist guerrilla group has implemented since peace talks with the government began…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with U.S. Attorney in Miami Wilfredo Ferrer (second from left), announces Tuesday the indictment of 17 members of the drug-trafficking organization Los Urbeños. (Image: Department of Justice)

Top Story — Federal prosecutors in Miami unsealed indictments on Tuesday against 17 members of one of Colombia’s biggest narcotics cartels, charging a number of important cartel leaders in an effort to improve bilateral cooperation in anti-narcotics operations. The indictments were brought against leading members of Los Urabeños, a group that Colombia Reports has called…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during an October press conference in which he addressed the delays in reaching a peace agreement. (Image: César Carrión, Government of Colombia)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could end more than 50 years of internal armed conflict. But they have not gone without a hitch. Despite some progress, tensions have been escalating in the last several months, threatening to bring negotiations to…

The Colombian military. (Image: Mrnico1092, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — Colombia’s government and FARC rebels announced on Thursday their intention to form a truth commission, a major sign of progress in the ongoing peace process, which has faced difficulties in recent months. The findings of the truth commission, which would be convened in the event of a successful conclusion to the peace…

Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia (Image: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

Antanas Mockus is one of the most influential figures in Colombian politics. He has been mayor of Bogotá twice, and a presidential candidate three times. He is mostly remembered for promoting art as a way to change cultural values in Colombian society. Or, in his words, to reinforce a “citizenship culture” to reach peace. He…

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Top Story — The rate of coca cultivation for cocaine production has increased in Colombia for the first time in seven years, according to a new White House report that the U.S. Drug Czar’s office partially released on Monday, a fact that some are saying could bolster support for an increasingly controversial U.S. aerial fumigation…