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Surveying Colombia's Criminal Landscape

Jun 8, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
A member of the Venezuelan national guard stands watch at the Tachira River, at the Colombian border. Criminal activity, driven in part by smuggling, will persist in parts of the border region.

A member of the Venezuelan national guard stands watch at the Tachira River, at the Colombian border. Criminal activity, driven in part by smuggling, will persist in parts of the border region.

(GEORGE CASTELLANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Colombian government and the FARC are progressing toward a peace deal that is poised to end more than five decades of armed conflict. Over the next few months, the dialogue is expected to continue, advancing on the topics of a final cease-fire and the demobilization of the militants. A peace agreement with the FARC would significantly reduce politically motivated violence in the country. But criminal violence and illegal activities, including drug trafficking and extortion, will continue to pose isolated, localized risks to residents and foreign visitors in Colombia....

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