Resources

Civil society peacebuilding on Colombia's borders

Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders
Jan 2011
Socorro Ramírez shows how the spread of violence across Colombia’s borders has tested diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries. She describes how the impact of cross-border violence is felt most keenly among local communities living in borderlands in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Civil society has developed links across national boundaries between all three countries to respond directly to peacebuilding priorities in borderlands and to promote better relations between capitals.

Participant reflections: Ariel Hernandez: The commonalities and differences of the possibilities of peace for Philippines and Colombia

Dec 2010
Following an exchange between peace practitioners from Colombia and the Philippines, Ariel Hernandez, a Filipino participant, compares the two countries' approaches to a selection of peace issues in this paper.

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.

Political peacebuilding: A challenge for civil society

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes.
Feb 2004
Jorge Rojas Rodriguez describes the development of civil society initiatives in relation to previous peace processes, arguing that negotiations cannot be left to the warring parties and that civil society must do more than demonstrate for peace.

The government and the ELN: Two discourses that don’t meet

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes.
Feb 2004
Alejo Vargas Velásquez explores the attitude of the ELN to negotiation processes and how the government’s perception of the military weakness of the ELN – and the ELN’s efforts to demonstrate the reverse – has impacted on talks.

Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia

Feb 2004
Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia (Accord N°14, 2004) es una introducción a más de tres décadas de esfuerzos en la construcción de paz. Revela el asombroso trabajo de civiles en las regiones y a nivel nacional, y documenta los principales rasgos y resultados de los procesos formales de paz con las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), El Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (ELN), otros grupos guerrilleros más pequeños, y más recientemente los paramilitares.

Gobierno y el ELN: dos discursos que no se encuentran

Alternativas a la guerra: iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia
Feb 2004
Alejo Vargas Velásquez explora la actitud del ELN en los procesos de negociación, y la debilidad militar que el gobierno percibe en esta guerrilla –incluso cuando el ELN se ha esforzado en demostrar lo contrario- para ilustrar la forma en que estos factores han tenido un impacto sobre las negociaciones.

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