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4 Lessons in Non-Violent Peace Building

Johann Berlin | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Johann Berlin

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with Farc Leaders at peace talks in Cuba pre-ceasefire As the CEO of TLEX Institute, a leadership institute that trains leaders...

How a New Colombian Peace Agreement Came So Quickly After a 'No' Vote?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.06.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

By Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan In October, when Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize, some people were confused....

Rebooting Peace In Colombia

Ted Lewis | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Ted Lewis

What now? That was the question Colombians and their friends around the world asked after Colombians narrowly voted NO to Peace Accords aimed at ending fifty years of war between the government and FARC rebels.

When Peace and Justice Don't Line Up: Restorative Lessons from Colombia

Molly Bangs | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Molly Bangs

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had hopes of ending a brutal 52-year war in their proposed peace deal. ...

Why Colombia Will Emerge Stronger From the FARC Referendum Defeat

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

Even though the failure of President Juan Manuel Santos's FARC peace deal is a major setback for peace in Colombia, many Western commentators have painted an overly pessimistic picture of Colombia's political future.

Getting to Yes in Colombia: What it Would Take to Reintegrate the FARC

The Conversation US | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

By Kimberly Theidon, Tufts University and Roxanne Krystalli, Tufts University The Nobel Committee awarded Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos the ...

Despite Referendum Defeat, Colombian President Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Roger Alford | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Roger Alford

Second, the decision to award the prize to Santos despite the peace deal's narrow defeat in the October 2 referendum came as a surprise to many. But the Nobel Committee has frequently used the prize to not only honor past achievements, but also spur parties to redouble their efforts to secure peace.

Can Peace Prevail In Colombia?

Ted Lewis | Posted 10.08.2016 | Home
Ted Lewis

Peace is not simple and setbacks are inevitable. But a new generation of Colombians has an enormous stake in making peace prevail. And so does the international community as last night's announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Santos so clearly demonstrates.

We Cannot Allow Uncertainty To Cloud The Future Of Colombia

Miguel Urban | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Miguel Urban

The shocking "no" vote puts the peace process at risk, fragments the population even further, and badly injures the legitimacy of the government at this key moment.

A Second Chance on this Earth: Colombians Sign Peace Accord

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Lisa Haugaard

Among a sea of Colombians dressed in white in a plaza in Cartagena, I watched as President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño, alias Timochenko, signed the peace accords on September 26, 2016, using a pen made from bullets.

Getting To Yes In Colombia

Michael Schulder | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Michael Schulder

Nearly five years ago, something happened deep in the Colombian jungle that made this week's signing of a peace deal possible. It was a first, risky step, relayed to me by William Ury, co-author of a seminal book on negotiation Getting to Yes.

Will Peace with the FARC End Violence in Colombia?

Sarah Z. Daly | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Sarah Z. Daly

Exclaimed President Juan Manuel Santos to the General Assembly in New York this week. A peace accord was signed on August 26, 2016 in Havana, Cuba, between the leaders of Colombia and the FARC, Colombia's foremost opposition group, and faces a referendum on October 2nd.

Colombian Peace Agreement: Actitud Medellín!

Paula Escobar Chavarría | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home
Paula Escobar Chavarría

Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, is a place that surprises, no doubt about it. Once the stereotype of "narco ciudad", home of the Cartel...

In Colombia, The Forest Of Peace Honors 8 Million Lives Lost In Civil War

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home
Carlos F. Torres

With the participation of President Juan Manuel Santos, the first trees of Colombia's Forest for Peace were planted August 19 in the Amazon department of Vaupés.

Historic Commitment By The Government Of Colombia And FARC-EP At The Havana Peace Talks Table

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

On July 24th, 2016, we celebrated with the people of Colombia the historic commitment by the Government and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table to ensure that one of the agreement's fundamental objectives is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Colombia: Learning To Love Soccer Again

Pedro Pizano | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Pedro Pizano

Today, Colombians have much to celebrate. As President Juan Manuel Santos signs a cease-fire with its oldest guerrilla group, the country is overrun by soccer fever.

A Guru in the Heartland - Why You Should Know the Name Sri Sri

Jill Klimpel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Jill Klimpel

Sri Sri is most commonly known as a spiritual guru to millions of people around the world. While his work is extensive, at present, his fame is mostly in his peace-building work. He has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.

With Peace on the Horizon, Colombians Tackle Corruption and Impunity: Panama Papers and Mayor Peñalosa's Fake Resume

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home
Carlos F. Torres

With just over 100 days in his second mandate as mayor of Bogota, the capital of Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa was discovered for the second time in a month to have included falsehoods in his academic credentials.

Peace, in Colombian, means division

Diego Senior | Posted 03.29.2016 | Home
Diego Senior

First, some background: Colombia's armed conflict is the longest running in Latin America and, some say, the world. The Marxist guerrillas and the Col...

Nation Building the Right Way

Jack Leslie | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Jack Leslie

Given the mayhem occurring around the world and the first votes in the 2016 Presidential election at home, my guess is the celebration today of the 15th anniversary of a milestone partnership between Colombia and the U.S. will be largely ignored.

Peace Is Possible In Colombia, But Let's Not Dismiss War Crimes

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home
Lisa Haugaard

After 220,000 dead (80 percent of whom were civilians), tens of thousands disappeared, countless victims of sexual violence, and more than 6 million internally displaced, it's time to stop the war.

Preventing Ex-Combatants From Spoiling Colombia's Peace

David L. Phillips | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
David L. Phillips

Colombia is a potential success story. A peace accord would not only end 50 years of civil war. It would also showcase ways that UN agencies can advance the cause of peace through humanitarian and development assistance.

Could the Peace Deal in Colombia Be a Model for Other Conflicts?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.

The Kids Are Alright!

AJ Hartnett | Posted 04.11.2015 | Home
AJ Hartnett

Violence, destruction of homes, towns and loss of life is having an impact on the emerging personalities and psyches of all kids in conflict areas. But I am also seeing them rise from the ashes to lead a revolution in thinking and behavior, that will build a framework for a better life.

What Miss Universe Wants You To Know About Colombia

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.30.2015 | Home

Although the violent drug war in Colombia has dominated the headlines for years, newly-crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega said there’s more to her h...