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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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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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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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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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Colombia: Peace at Last?, Latin America Report N°45, 25 Sep 2012

After decades of failed attempts to defeat the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militarily and flawed negotiations, a political solution to the Western Hemisphere’s oldest conflict may finally be possible.

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Dismantling Colombia’s New Illegal Armed Groups: Lessons from a Surrender, Latin America Report N°41, 8 Jun 2012

The surrender of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC) exposed justice system and government strategy shortcomings that unless corrected will hamper efforts to combat groups which are now top security challenges. español

Moving Beyond Easy Wins: Colombia’s Borders , Latin America Report N°40, 31 Oct 2011

Colombia needs bolder policies to cope with the violence in its border areas, because improved relations with its neighbours alone have neither effectively reduced ongoing conflict with illegal armed groups nor alleviated the plight of the local communities.

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Cutting the Links Between Crime and Local Politics: Colombia’s 2011 Elections, Latin America Report N°37, 25 Jul 2011

If the interference of criminal groups in local politics is not addressed, they could become even a bigger threat to Colombia’s local democracy and national security.

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Colombia: President Santos’s Conflict Resolution Opportunity, Latin America Report N°34, 13 Oct 2010

President Juan Manuel Santos has taken welcome steps toward reform in his first ten weeks but now must put in place and execute a truly comprehensive and integrated conflict resolution strategy for Colombia to secure sustainable peace.

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Improving Security Policy in Colombia, Latin America Briefing N°23, 29 Jun 2010

Colombia’s new government has to improve security policy to tackle the guerrilla tactics of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as well as their broadened participation in drug trafficking and newly forged alliances with other illegal armed groups.

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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.

Podcast

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Tras del ataque de las FARC, Colombia debe proseguir su camino hacia la paz

16 April 2015: Listen to Javier Ciurlizza, Latin America & Caribbean Program Director, discuss Colombia's new crisis [en español].

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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 video interviews, Javier Ciurlizza, Latin America Program Director, explains the complexity of and challenges of reaching a final peace agreement between the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Versión en español

Interactive Presentations



Justicia transicional y los diálogos de paz en Colombia

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. This presentation (in Spanish) examines the ways transitional justice can address the effects of Colombia's decades-long conflict.

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Crisis Group in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Colombia's FARC Conflict

A multimedia presentation on the Colombian left-wing rebel group the FARC, featuring an interview with Latin America Program Director Markus Schultze-Kraft, interactive maps charting territorial presence and drug trade involvement, and background to various aspects of the conflict.

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