Despite Failed Referendum, Don’t Rule Out Colombia’s Chances for Peace Just Yet

Demonstrators during a rally for peace, Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
Demonstrators during a rally for peace, Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
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The international community got ahead of itself when it celebrated the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC insurgency before it was a done deal. It is now making the same mistake again, grieving the death of peace after Sunday’s failed referendum. In fact, the chances for a peace deal in Colombia still look promising after voters rejected the agreement that had produced a premature popping of the champagne. Reaching another deal will not be easy. But there is a real possibility that Colombia could go through a process that would help it tackle not only the half-century-old […]

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