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On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

Latin America Briefing N°32, 2 July 2015

Workers prepare a banner that reads in Spanish: "Dialogue of peace" prior to a conference of victims of the Colombian armed conflict in Havana on August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Recent advances have given Colombia’s peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a much-needed respite, but, amid an escalation of violence, the risks of an involuntary collapse are real. Saving the process requires conflict de-escalation, swift progress on the agenda and rallying popular support.

Recent Reports

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Briefing N°32, 2 Jul 2015

Recent advances have given Colombia’s peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a much-needed respite, but, amid an escalation of violence, the risks of an involuntary collapse are real. Saving the process requires conflict de-escalation, swift progress on the agenda and rallying popular support.

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Back from the Brink: Saving Ciudad Juárez, Latin America Report N°54, 25 Feb 2015

For lessons on crime prevention, Mexico can look to the example of Ciudad Juárez, the world’s “murder capital” in 2008-2010. Government and citizens worked together to bring violence down by strengthening local law enforcement and addressing socio-economic inequalities. These initiatives should be monitored, refined and expanded if Mexico is to overcome its country-wide crisis of confidence at all levels.

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The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict, Latin America Report N°53, 11 Dec 2014

As they move toward a final peace agreement, the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) face the challenge of laying out a credible path for guerrilla fighters to abandon arms and reintegrate into society.

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Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia, Latin America Briefing N°31, 23 Sep 2014

The end of street protests does not mean the end of Venezuela’s crisis. Rising economic problems and unaddressed political demands could lead to renewed violence and threaten national stability. español   中文

Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border, Latin America Report N°52, 4 Jun 2014

Ending bloodshed in this neglected border region requires more than task forces: credible institutions, access to state services and continuing security are also needed.

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Venezuela: Tipping Point, Latin America Briefing N°30, 21 May 2014

Failure to resolve the Venezuelan crisis could plunge the country into yet more violence, leaving it unable to address soaring criminality and economic decline and exposing the inability of regional inter-governmental bodies to manage the continent’s conflicts. español

Left in the Cold? The ELN and Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Report N°51, 26 Feb 2014

Bringing the National Liberation Army (ELN) into the current round of negotiations is vital for durable peace.

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Justice on Trial in Guatemala: The Ríos Montt Case, Latin America Report N°50, 23 Sep 2013

Ensuring a prompt and fair retrial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is crucial to finally bringing justice to victims of the armed conflict and to reconciling a fragile democracy with its citizens.

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Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Report N°49, 29 Aug 2013

To secure a lasting peace, talks between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels need to include a clear, credible and coherent plan for reckoning with decades of human rights abuses. 

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Justice at the Barrel of a Gun: Vigilante Militias in Mexico, Latin America Briefing N°29, 28 May 2013

The rise of civilian militias to combat lawlessness will make it harder than ever to defeat the cartels unless the government regulates the vigilantes.

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Statement

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Lo que no es y lo que puede ser una comisión de la verdad

2 June 2015: Javier Ciurlizza states what a truth Commission in the Colombia peace process should aim for [Spanish].

Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards

26 May 2015: Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire.

Colombia: A Dangerous Setback

16 April 2015: Read our statement on the attack by FARC on 14 April in Colombia, the deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago.

Videos

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El día después de mañana: las FARC y el fin del conflicto en Colombia

17 February 2015: Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director, summarizes the main challenges and recommendations of the Colombia peace process [en español].

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Peace in Colombia?

11 December 2014: In this series of videos, Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director, explains the complexity and challenges of reaching a final peace agreement between the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Latest Translations

The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict
Latin America Report N°53
Now available in Spanish
Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia
Latin America Briefing N°31
Now available in Spanish
Corridor of Violence: the Guatemala-Honduras Border
Latin America Report N°52, 4 June 2014
Now available in Spanish
Venezuela: Tipping Point
Latin America Briefing N°30, 21 May 2014
Now available in Spanish

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