SIGNIFICANCE: A nearly 50-year conflict with Farc has significant potential to draw to a close this year — the result of a decade-long campaign to destabilize the guerrilla group and mutual concessions by Farc and the Colombian government.

CONNECTION: Agreement by Farc to negotiate can be credited in part to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (EC Mar.8’13). “Electoral victories of the left in Latin America have shown that there is another route to power,” says the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Arnson.

NEXT: With Farc negotiations well underway, reports broke this week that the smaller ELN guerrilla group is willing to hold similar peace discussions with the government as soon as this year.

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