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.
01 June 2016
President Santos 11 May said govt hoped to reach peace deal with FARC in “very near future”, as difficult issues including arms abandonment continue to delay signing . Govt and FARC 13 May ...
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.
Bringing the National Liberation Army (ELN) into the current round of negotiations is vital for durable peace.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer
23 June 2016: The International Crisis Group welcomes the announcement on 30 March of the “Agreement for Peace Talks between the National Government and the National Liberation Army” (ELN) in Colombia, and the beginning of a public phase of negotiations. These talks, together with those nearing completion with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, are the greatest opportunity to end 52 years of armed conflict.
Statement on the Transitional Justice Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC
24 September 2015: The agreement on transitional justice reached by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and publicly announced yesterday in Havana is a major breakthrough in the four-year peace talks.
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
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].
Crisis Group in Colombia: A Partner for Sustainable Peace
27 April 2016: In this video, Crisis Group's former Colombia Senior Analyst Christian Voelkel explains Crisis Group's 14-year-long engagement in ending a half century of deadly conflict.
The Colombian Government’s First Official Peace Talks with the ELN
1 April 2016: In this video, Crisis Group's Colombia Senior Analyst Kyle Johnson explains why the negotiations with the ELN and the Colombian government face many challenges.
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].
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).
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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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