How a Ceasefire in Colombia Can Work - Overcoming Challenges to a Smooth Transition from War to Peace

from Washington Office on Latin America
Published on 24 Mar 2016 View Original

Colombia’s government and FARC guerrillas missed the March 23 deadline that they had set for themselves to finish a peace accord. Still, after three-and-a-half years of talks, an agreement on a full cessation of hostilities—a bilateral ceasefire—is likely in the near future.

What would happen the day after that?

In this episode of Latin America Today, the WOLA podcast, Senior Associate Adam Isacson and Program Officer Sarah Kinosian look at the obstacles in the way of a smooth, post-conflict transition. These include other violent groups, demobilization challenges, a lack of consultation with communities, international apathy, and—perhaps most of all—the Colombian government’s historic inability to be present, protecting its citizens, in much of the national territory.

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This podcast features excerpts of interviews with:

  • Ariel Ávila of the Fundación Paz y Reconciliación,
  • Afro-Colombian leader Hélmer Eduardo Quiñones,
  • Todd Howland of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bogotá Field Office,
  • Danilo Rueda of Justicia y Paz,
  • Marino Córdoba of AFRODES,
  • Afro-Colombian leader Diego Grueso, and
  • Sr. Zoila Cueto of Movimiento Fe y Alegría.