Organized Crime and Terrorism: The Case of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia

Adam Dulin, Sam Houston State University

Since the 1950s when Colombia experienced a period of violence known as "La Violencia," the country has served as a base of operations for a number of terrorist and organized crime groups. The Revolutionary Armed Forced of Columbia (FARC), one of the world's oldest terrorist groups, owes its survivability, at least in part, to organized criminal activity that has served to fund the group, as well as provide access to other groups and their resources. This paper will examine FARC terrorism and the ineluctable connection between organized crime and terrorism in Colombia. Additionally, this paper will discuss some strategies that can be used to combat the organized crime -- terrorism nexus.

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