A Dossier on Peace in Colombia, After the Referendum

Dear Naclistas, 

To the shock and dismay of Colombians and international observers alike, on October 2, Colombian voters rejected a peace agreement that would have formally ended the country's 52-year civil war by a razor-thin margin. NACLA has responded to the situation with an ongoing series of web articles featuring expert scholars and researchers, who analyze reactions to the vote, geographic and generational electoral dynamics, and the important role that women have played in promoting not only peace but social justice and inclusion in Colombia as well.

Colombia is also the focus of one of the latest installments of NACLA Radio, which takes a closer look at articles from the latest issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas, "Free Trade 2.0: Confronting the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the New Extractivism as the Pink Tide Recedes.” In audio interviews with podcast host Helen Hazelwood Isaac, Fall 2016 Report contributors Forrest Hylton and Aaron Tauss discuss the political economy of peace in Colombia, with updates reflecting on the referendum results. In another installment of the podcast, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, of the D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the role of one of the most crucial aspects of the current free trade model: the ability of private companies to sue sovereign governments. Look for future installments of NACLA Radio featuring other contributors from the Fall Report in the coming days and weeks. 

As Colombia prepares for uncertain times ahead, we will continue our coverage of the peace agreement and the movement for peace and justice in the country, and around the region. We hope you will continue to follow along.

En solidaridad,

The Editors



Lina Britto
October 18, 2016
As Colombia’s youth take the streets to move the country toward reconciliation—calling themselves Generation Peace—a personal reflection on the responsibility of older generations of Colombians
Kate Paarlberg-Kvam
October 14, 2016
Women peace activists continue to play a crucial role in paving the way towards a peace accord in Colombia that promotes gender justice in the face of conservative opposition.
Helen Hazelwood Isaac
October 12, 2016
A NACLA Radio interview with Forrest Hylton and Aaron Tauss about their article “Peace in Colombia: A New Growth Strategy,” featured in the latest NACLA Report, Free Trade 2.0, and the latest developments in the peace process.
Robert A. Karl
October 7, 2016
The dynamics of voting patterns in Colombia’s narrowly-defeated plebiscite carry important lessons for the future of peace and democracy, particularly in the country’s rural countryside.
Winifred Tate
October 4, 2016
To the shock of Colombians and international observers, Colombia’s historic peace process has been stopped in its tracks after 50.2% of voters rejected a plebiscite Sunday.
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