By Allison Fedirka
Summary Throughout history, different actors have used terrorism to achieve their political or ideological goals. While each group has their own motives and beliefs, a closer look at the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia illustrates how geopolitical shifts and ideology contribute to the rise and fall of a terrorist organization.
Geopolitical Futures has noted that the Western Hemisphere stands out currently as a particularly stable region in the world. We’ve also highlighted that South America has not seen any major interstate warfare in over 80 years. However, most South American countries have only experienced peace domestically for the past quarter century or less. In the last half of the 20th century, Latin America saw the rise of paramilitary groups – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Shining Path in Peru and Sandinistas in Nicaragua being some of the most notorious – that carried out formidable domestic attacks that terrorized
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