US, Colombian militaries eye a post-conflict future

Picture released by the Colombian Presidency press office shows Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, in BogotaNow that a historic peace accord with leftist FARC guerrillas could be signed within weeks, Colombia’s government is eager to ensure ties to the US military endure in a post-conflict future. President Juan Manuel Santos this week rolled out the red carpet for the Pentagon’s top officer, General Joe Dunford, honoring him with three ceremonies during a brief visit to Bogota. The question looming over the fanfare is how the relationship between Colombia and its top military partner will evolve after Bogota and the FARC finally strike a deal ending five decades of conflict.

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