15th January 2012: CRS on FARC

One of my PhD’s three case studies is on Colombia’s insurgent movement FARC.


The US-based Congressional Research Service has been publishing interesting FARC profiles over the past decade. The latest (18th March 2011) covers the Santos administration; the second Uribe administration; Plan Colombia; and the Colombian military’s progress against FARC. The army’s success comes at the expense of human rights, and has not stopped FARC’s continued taxation of Colombian cocaine production.


Apart from the CRS report, I have most of the recent PhDs and academic journal publications dealing with FARC. This body of work includes anthropological, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, intelligence, and sociological approaches. It differs from the popular books about FARC’s kidnapping and ransom activities.