Category Archives: Civil Society

Sidelining the Spoilers

November 26, 2014 When the news broke last week that Colombian Brigadier General Rubén Darío Alzate and two colleagues had been detained in the Chocó region by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP), it threw the country’s two-year old peace … Continue reading

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Tensions Overplayed in Colombia’s Peace Process?

October 18, 2013 The rumors of recent weeks that a postponement of the peace talks might occur during electoral season (see my last blog post) appear to have died down, and Colombian  government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and FARC … Continue reading

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La responsabilidad ética de la paz

3 de octubre de 2013 Ayer los delegados del gobierno colombiano y las FARC-EP iniciaron el ciclo 15 de la mesa de conversaciones en La Habana.  El diálogo se trata del tema de la participación política y siguen buscando crear … Continue reading

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Peace and Ethical Responsibilities

October 3, 2013 This morning, delegates of the government of Colombia and the FARC-EP resumed their 15th round of talks in Havana, where they continue to discuss the theme of political participation, and to craft agreements designed to end Colombia’s … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Historical Memory Report

August 5, 2013 I just returned from Colombia, where one of the highlights of my trip was accompanying the Historical Memory Center (HMC) team to the Casa de Nariño for the presentation of their report, Basta Ya! Colombia: Memorias de guerra y dignidad (Enough Already! … Continue reading

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Civil Society and the Peace Table

Although civil society is not represented at Colombia’s peace table in Havana, the parties have sought to engage civil society since the talks began through a variety of controlled mechanisms.  In this post, I will mainly discuss these “official” venues, recognizing … Continue reading

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Civil Society Roles in Conflict Zones

In an environment where peace talks are already underway and civil society has been excluded from the peace tables, it might appear that the government and insurgents are calling all the shots. While the armed actors are the ones who will ultimately … Continue reading

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