Category Archives: Civil Society

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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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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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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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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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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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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Message of Peace for the New Year

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues– I have just returned from Connecticut, where I was visiting my family for the Christmas holidays.  There, as in much of the country, the tragedy of Newtown, where 20 children and six others were killed … Continue reading

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A Peace Summit of Local Authorities

Last week, I came to Bogotá to participate in the Peace Summit of Mayors and Governors.  The event was sponsored by Gustavo Petro, the Mayor of Bogotá, and included the participation of local and regional authorities from some of the most … Continue reading

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Sustainable Peace

I am here at the United Nations today, about to head out for the Turkish Embassy, where the Secretary-General’s new report on mediation will be launched.  It is an exciting time to be in New York, with heads of state … Continue reading

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