July 2008 NEFA The FARC In Transition: The Fatal Weakening of the Western Hemisphere's Oldest Guerilla Movement This paper by NEFA Senior Investigator Douglas Farah is a follow-up to a report by the NEFA Foundation on April 1, 2008, on the state of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-FARC), the Western Hemisphere's oldest insurgency.
The purpose of this paper is to give a more detailed look at the future of the most prominent and largest designated terrorist organization operating in the Western Hemisphere. The first paper, "What the FARC Papers Show Us About Latin American Terrorism," analyzed part of the trove of guerrilla documents seized by the Colombian government in March 2008. This paper examines:
the impact of the deaths of three senior FARC commanders in the space of a month;
the naming of a long-time political operative rather than a recognized military commander as the group's new commander-in-chief;
the shifting rhetoric of the group's primary international backer, president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela; and,
what these developments could mean for the hemisphere's oldest insurgency
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