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Peace Is Slipping Away in Colombia

How the United States Can Help Win It Back

A Colombian flag next to the FARC Political party flag at a reintegration camp in Pondores, Colombia, August 2019  Luisa González / Reuters

Between 2000 and 2015, the United States provided Colombia—a country plagued by political and social strife—with more than $10 billion in aid in order to bring stability to the Andean nation. The U.S. government also sent hundreds of U.S. military trainers to help reform and professionalize the Colombian security forces. Partly as a result of these efforts, the South American state signed a peace deal in 2016 that promised to put an end to five decades of armed conflict within its borders.

Implementation of these measures was meant to take place over 15 years and bore a price tag exceeding $30 billion. Washington and other foreign capitals regarded the agreement as a triumph for U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the accord. 

The 2016 deal promised to disarm and reintegrate the members of the Marxist-Leninist insurgency known as

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