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Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia

October 26, 2018

By Laura Knöpfel  26 October 2018   In November 2016, the Colombian president and representatives of FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo), the then largest  guerrilla group of the country, signed a peace agreement to end the decades long war. The war particularly affected rural communities, some of which had been … Continue reading “Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia”


Beyond the peace deal: defending human rights in “post-conflict” Colombia

November 30, 2016

By: Felix Manig On November 24, the Colombian state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace agreement in a display of political maturity and determination. Despite the initial ‘No’ vote and consequent rejection of a peace agreement by the public in October, the two sides quickly put forward the amended … Continue reading “Beyond the peace deal: defending human rights in “post-conflict” Colombia”


Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace

October 12, 2016

By: Charlotte Manson Results from Sunday’s referendum in Colombia have been described as astonishing and disappointing that will potentially throw the country into tumultuous uncertainty. Many journalists leapt to compare Brexit and recent referendums in Hungary and Thailand with Colombia denouncing the use of referendums as “messy, dangerous and not as democratic as they may seem”  … Continue reading “Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace”


Book Review: ‘A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence’

August 19, 2016

Reviewed By:  Kate Dinnison D. Davis, D. Kilcullen, G. Mills and D. Spencer, A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence, (London, UK: Hurst&Co. Publishing), 2016; ISBN-13: 978-1849046282 Since its liberation from Spain by Simon Bolivar in 1819, la Republica de Colombia has been perpetually at war, almost 150 of its 195 years.  Colombia, for a long … Continue reading “Book Review: ‘A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence’”


The World's Forgotten Migrants

July 3, 2015

By Isobel Petersen: Human migration exists on a large scale across the globe, but in a variety of forms and for a variety of reasons. Conflict is one of the key causes of displacement, which is unsurprising considering the devastating effects of living in a conflict zone: poor health; economic instability; familial tragedy and lack … Continue reading “The World's Forgotten Migrants”


It's time for Colombia's President to stop poisoning his people

December 8, 2014

By Victoria Fontan: President Santos has championed a change in strategy in the ‘War on Drugs’, yet he continues to allow glyphosate fumigations in parts of Colombia. Since he came to power in 2010, Colombia’s President Santos has been a strong supporter of a change in the international strategy against drugs. Up till now the strategy … Continue reading “It's time for Colombia's President to stop poisoning his people”


Colombia and the 'Small footprint' intervention illusion

November 25, 2014

By Jorge E Delgado:  The challenge posed by ISIS has intensified debates in the West over the possibility of dispatching “boots on the ground” and has, yet again, brought to the forefront the search for alternative modes of military intervention following the recent disillusionment with “Big footprint” counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently practitioners have … Continue reading “Colombia and the 'Small footprint' intervention illusion”


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