The FARC: Doing What Any Multinational Corporation Would Do—Diversify

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Author: 
Luz E. Nagle
Volume: 
28
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 
  As it has done several times over the course of its sixty-year struggle against the Colombian government, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia; Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) recently announced a new policy shift to the Colombian people in an attempt to give the illegal armed group a modicum of good will and credibility.  In February 2012, the FARC central command announced a suspension of carrying out kidnappings.  The problem is that the suspension of kidnappings is neither an expression of good will nor credible, and like many other FARC pronouncements in the past, one can take this latest overture with a hefty dose of skepticism.