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After Peace, Colombia Will Still Struggle

Apr 7, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
A man sits in La Macarena, a town in Colombia's Meta department, on Feb. 23.
(GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombia is at a historic juncture. After 52 years of fighting, the country is on the verge of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC. But this historic deal will only solve some of Colombia's problems, which extend well beyond security. With oil prices low and likely to stay that way, Colombia has already entered one of its periodic bust phases, and the government will have to manage sluggish growth and a deteriorating economy. Amid this tough situation, the FARC deal – and related National Liberation Army (ELN) talks – will open up the ruling Social Party of National Unity to criticism from opponents....

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