Opportunities for peace in Colombia

Aug 2012
In this interview with Diario 15 (Bucaramanga, Colombia) Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of Conciliation Resources' Colombia programme, reflects on opportunities for peace in Colombia based on international trends and developments. He suggests the need to acknowledge and build on multiple and parallel paths to peace that can and need to work even in the absence of a formal negotiating table.

Oportunidades para la paz en Colombia

Aug 2012
En esta entrevista con Diario 15 (Bucaramanga, Colombia) Kristian Herbolzheimer, director del programa de Recursos de Conciliación de Colombia ', reflexiona sobre las posibilidades de paz en Colombia con base en las tendencias y acontecimientos internacionales. Él sugiere la necesidad de reconocer y construir caminos múltiples y paralelas a la paz que pueden y tienen que trabajar, incluso en ausencia de una mesa de negociación formal.

Indigenous people 'provoke' peace in Colombia

Jul 2012

In mid-July communities in the Cauca region (south-west Colombia) made it into the national and international headlines. The country was caught by surprise when they saw hundreds of unarmed indigenous people expelling both the army and the guerrillas from their territories.

Comunidades Indígenas “provocan” la paz en Colombia

Jul 2012
A mediados de julio, comunidades indígenas del Cauca (región al sur-oeste de Colombia) aparecieron en los titulares nacionales e internacionales. El país entero fue sorprendido al ver centenares de indígenas desarmados exigiendo la expulsión de sus territorios, tanto de la guerrilla como del ejército. Kristian Herbolzheimer sitúa estos hechos en el contexto de una lucha constante por la paz y la autonomía.

Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders

Jan 2011
War does not respect political or territorial boundaries. This twenty-second Accord publication looks at how peacebuilding strategies and capacity can ‘think outside the state’: beyond it, through regional engagement, and below it, through cross-border community or trade networks. Edited by Alexander Ramsbotham and I William Zartman, Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders includes 20 case studies from Asia, Europe and the Caucasus, to East, Central and West Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Articles also explore cross-border peacebuilding from global, systems analysis and legal perspectives, and focus on themes ranging from politics, governance and security, social and community relations, and trade and natural resources.

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes

May 2005
Accord issue 16 explores the case for engagement with armed groups and the lessons learned from peacemaking practice. Highlighting both opportunities and challenges, it suggests that the range of engagement options and potential interveners makes a strong case for engagement.

Opcinoes de compromiso: Apercamientos con grupos armados en procesos de paz

May 2005
Eligiendo el compromiso: grupos armados y procesos de paz (Accord N°16, 2005) explora casos de compromiso con grupos armados y las lecciones aprendidas para las prácticas de construcción de paz.

Haciendo propio el proceso: La participación ciudadana en los procesos de paz

Jun 2004

The process for making a transition from war to peace provides an opportunity to agree new political, constitutional and economic arrangements that can deal with the roots of a conflict. However such decisions are often made solely by governments and armed groups’ representatives, who do not always represent the wider public’s interests.

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes

Feb 2004

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes (Accord issue 14, 2004) is an introduction to more than three decades of peacemaking efforts. It reveals the extraordinary work of civilians at grassroots, regional and national levels, and documents the main features and outcomes of formal peace processes with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), smaller guerrilla groups and more recently the paramilitaries.

Colombia: Challenges and dilemmas in the search for peace

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes
Feb 2004
Mauricio García Durán introduces the Accord issue and highlights the diversity, successes and failures of peacemaking efforts in Colombia.


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