Colombia continues to experience the longest running and constantly evolving armed conflict in the world today. There has been a great deal of fluctuation both in the intensity of the fighting, and the range and organization of the actors involved over nearly half a century of hostilities. Analysing all of the issues raised by so many years of conflict in-depth is impossible within the constraints of this chapter. Therefore, the authors look briefly at its origins and evolution, but concentrate on the period from 1994 to the present day, this being the period of...
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