“The peace accord was indeed a major achievement and, although the referendum was a setback, hopefully this award will help peace-builders maintain the momentum needed to keep the process moving forward,” said Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Director Dan Smith
Opponents of a peace deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels to end a decades-old civil war appeared to have gained a narrow referendum victory on Sunday.
Neither Colombian society at large nor the guerrilla rank and file—some 15,000 in total, including armed combatants and urban militia—have advanced as far toward moderation as their elected or appointed leaders might like.
Negotiators signed the cease-fire agreement on Thursday in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londono at a ceremony in Havana.
With Tuesday’s passage of free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea, most Americans were too busy reeling from the shock that Congress could actually give bipartisan support for anything to critically evaluate the possible implications of the FTAs. But some groups worry that the free trade agreements will have dire consequences for already […]