Lessons from Colombia’s Peace Process

Colombia’s government and the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on August 25 finalized a deal that ends fifty-two years of conflict. A bilateral ceasefire went into effect on August 29. More than 220,000 people have been killed and six million displaced by the armed conflict. The deal will be put to the Colombian people in a plebiscite scheduled to be held on October 2.

What lessons does the Colombian experience hold for peacemakers looking to end wars raging around the world—from Syria to South Sudan?


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