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Why did Colombia’s Plebiscite for Peace Fail?

October 4, 2013 Following a plebiscite that rejected by a hair the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP that was just signed in Cartagena on September 26, there is much soul-searching, self-critique, and reflection among those of … Continue reading

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Update on Talks in Havana

November 12, 2014 On Friday, November 7, President Juan Manuel Santos wrapped up a five-day diplomatic marathon for peace to the capital cities of Madrid, Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon, Paris, and London. He met with heads of state, kings, princes, and … Continue reading

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Changes in Colombia Impact U.S.-Colombian Relations

December 4, 2013 It has been a busy week for President Juan Manuel Santos, and it is only Wednesday.  On his State visit to Washington this week, Santos’s White House meeting with President Obama on December 3 offered the two … Continue reading

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Welcome News for Thanksgiving and a New Mechanism for the Peace Table

November 27, 2013 Talks between the Colombian government and the FARC resume tomorrow in Havana.  In this 17th round of discussions, the parties will focus on illicit crops and drug trafficking, and will be joined by two women at the table–María … Continue reading

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Rallying for Peace

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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Modeling Inclusion for Peace

Last week, on Thursday, September 6, Sandra Ramírez filed into Havana‘s convention palace with five of her FARC comrades and seated herself at the table in front of a packed auditorium.  The FARC had convened a press conference to discuss … Continue reading

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Hope and Expectation in Colombia

            This is a moment of tremendous hope and expectation in Colombia.  Following a year-and-a half of quiet confidence-building measures and six months of secret exploratory talks in Cuba, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC … Continue reading

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