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After the Peace Agreement: What Next for Colombia?

Date & Time

Feb. 17, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Co-sponsored by the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) and the Social Development Group

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Since the Colombian Congress' approval of a revised peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in November 2016, aspects of accord implementation are underway. By early February, the FARC is to have completed moving its fighters into designated zones around the country, with disarmament and demobilization to take place over the next several months under U.N. supervision. The implementing legislation for mechanisms of transitional justice is currently being debated in the Congress, and other programs, from coca eradication to assistance to victims are ramping up. Meanwhile, Colombian public opinion about the peace process remains polarized, with dissent deepening in advance of the country's 2018 presidential elections.

We convened this event to reflect on the challenges and priorities of peace accord implementation, the role of the international community, and the internal political issues that impact Colombia's peace process. Special attention was devoted to security issues, including the demobilization of combatants and the fight against violent armed actors in Colombia's illegal economies. 

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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