Author Biography

David Gómez has a master's degree in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and a master's degree in Research for Peace from the University of Oslo. He was an advisor for the Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP and its implementation (2012-2018). He is currently an Assistant Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). Email: davgom@prio.org

Jerónimo Ríos is a doctor in Political Science and associate professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid. He was an advisor to the Organization of Ibero-American States during the peace process and its implementation, between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrillas. E-mail: jeronimo.rios@ucm.es



Subject Area Keywords

Conflict studies, Latin America, Peace studies, Security studies


A fundamental aspect in the study of the Colombian armed conflict is related to the violence produced in the country after the signing of the Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP guerrillas in November 2016. To this end, we attempt to analyze the transformation of the relationship between the perpetrators of violence and their territory, taking as a case study a region particularly affected by the conflict, as is Llanos Orientales (known in English as the Eastern Plains). Starting with a preliminary characterization of the most relevant armed groups – post-paramilitary groups, FARC-EP dissidents and ELN guerrillas – we attempt to analyze the changes and continuities of their armed presence and the symbolic, structural and institutional aspects that explain their territorial distribution in this part of the country. In this way, the presence of the former FARC-EP and concurring factors such as the coca trade, oil industry and poverty are aspects that should be considered in order to understand the shifting geometry of violence.


The authors acknowledge the originality of this work and, likewise, that it is not found in any other evaluation process. In fact, this journal has been the first option for the article to be evaluated, given the prestige of this Journal of Strategic Security


This work has been the result of the project PR65/19-22461 named “Discourse and expectation on territorial peace in Colombia”. This project has been financed in the call for R&D Projects for young doctors, as a result of the framework of the multi-year agreement between the Administration of the Comunidad de Madrid and the Complutense University of Madrid in 2019.