Category Archives: Peace Initiatives

Press for Peace is on

Since the April 9th rallies for peace, President Santos appears to be recognizing the need for a public campaign to accompany the confidential peace negotiations in Havana.  Signs of this new era are apparent in the quantity and quality of … Continue reading

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Agreement Reached on Rural Reforms

On Sunday, May 26, the delegates of the Colombian government and the FARC-EP gathered for a joint press conference following their ninth round of talks in Havana to announce that they had reached an agreement they called “Toward a New … Continue reading

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I just returned from Vancouver, where I participated in workshops at the University of British Colombia and Simon Fraser University on the peace processes in Turkey and Colombia.  (See my previous post for details of the conference.)  It was stimulating … Continue reading

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Venture to Vancouver

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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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In the absence of a national peace process in the last decade, local and regional peace initiatives have emerged in response to the conflict violence in Colombia.  The call for a political solution to the internal armed conflict, like the … 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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President Juan Manuel Santos, Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, the Peace Commissions of the Colombian Congress, the Marcha Patriótica, and a broad range of social organizations called for a national march to support the peace process on April 9th.   The date was highly symbolic, having been … Continue reading

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Hace cinco meses, las negociaciones formales de paz se iniciaron entre el gobierno de Colombia y la guerrilla de las FARC-EP. Las primeras rondas de conversaciones se han concentrado en el tema de desarrollo agrario integral–el primer tema de los … Continue reading

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Just over five months ago, formal peace talks began between the government of Colombia and the FARC-EP guerrillas.  The reviews coming in from Havana, where the seventh round of talks was completed last Thursday, suggest that the parties have developed … Continue reading

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