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FARC: Leadership Structure. Key elements of the FARC leadership/leadership structure The Central Leadership Central leaders Central High Command The regional structure/blocs The stability of the leadership. The Central Leadership. Central Leaders Manuel Marulanda Alfonso Cano

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farc leadership structure
FARC: Leadership Structure
  • Key elements of the FARC leadership/leadership structure
    • The Central Leadership
      • Central leaders
      • Central High Command
    • The regional structure/blocs
    • The stability of the leadership
the central leadership
The Central Leadership
  • Central Leaders
    • Manuel Marulanda
    • Alfonso Cano
    • Rodrigo Echeverri (Timochenko)
  • Central High Command
    • Responsible for strategies and operational policies
    • What makes up the Central Command?
      • Secretariat
      • Estado Mayor Central/general staff
the regional structure blocs
The regional structure/blocs
  • Command Structure broken down to seven blocs and fronts that make up the blocs
  • Five are regional
    • Receive guidance from bloc commanders
  • Two are Joint Commands
    • Commanded directly through FARC senior leadership
  • Additional mobile columns
stability
Stability

Positives

Negatives

Recent deaths of upper level commanders

Main rivalry

Military vs. Political

Shift from local insurgency to more internationally connected organization

  • Clearly defined command positions at every level and detailed responsibilities
  • Both developed/hierarchical and hybrid command structure
key conclusions
Key Conclusions
  • Command structure and leadership in organization = self-operating machine
  • Increased Gov. pressure
  • The FARC remain Colombia’s most powerful present-day guerilla group
  • “lizard-like” leadership structure -> operational continuance