Category: Colombia

Thomas Power: Neoparamilitaries- whats so new about them? 

Paramilitaries are widely seen as the number one threat to lasting peace in Colombia

Hector Mondragon: The plan to Gaza-ify the Colombian Peace Process

Without understanding the problem of the concentration of land ownership, it is impossible to understand anything that has happened in the country in the past eighty years

Vijay Prashad: A 50-Year Civil War

If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civil compact. But this did not come to pass.

Immanuel Wallerstein: Colombia: A Bright Light is Extinguished

The stalemate and the ensuing battle fatigue led each side to reconsider its all-or-nothing position and to enter into political negotiations. How did this happen?

Robert A. Karl: Beyond October 2: Possible Futures in Post-Referendum Colombia

Beyond the final results of the vote itself, October 2 thus demonstrated the resiliency of Colombian social life in the face of violence, and how those local, rural movements will still help to define a new Colombian democracy

Chris Courtheyn: A Racial Analysis of Colombia’s Peace Plebiscite

Not ready to surrender anytime soon, the Colombian social justice movement deserves our international solidarity in this crucial moment of struggle over the type of ‘peace’ to prevail in Colombia

Vijay Prashad: A lost opportunity

No one wants war anymore, but the referendum rejecting the landmark agreement between the government and the FARC could push Colombia towards a fractious peace

John Feffer: Colombia: Disturbing the Peace

Should we rethink the way voters weigh in directly on matters of national security and international relations?

Greg Grandin: Did Human Rights Watch Sabotage Colombia’s Peace Agreement?

You don’t end a half-century war, with its nearly incomprehensible political history and ever-shifting alliances, by applying legal absolutes

José Antonio Gutiérrez D.: Building peace in Colombia beyond “yes” or “no”

After a surprising victory for the “no” camp in Colombia’s referendum on the FARC peace process, it’s back to the drawing board. Where did it go wrong?

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