How the International Community Can Help Secure Colombia’s Peace

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Residence of the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, New York City, Oct. 1, 2015 (State Department photo).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Residence of the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, New York City, Oct. 1, 2015 (State Department photo).

On July 20, Colombia’s peace talks with the FARC guerrilla group emerged from what was hopefully their roughest patch. With daily episodes of combat between FARC militants and the Colombian army, June was the most violent month in Colombia since peace talks began in October 2012. Then, in late July, at the strong urging of foreign diplomats accompanying the talks, the FARC declared a new unilateral cease-fire, and both sides said they would dedicate themselves to making it bilateral. The three months since then have been the least violent that Colombia has experienced since 1975. The July truce and de-escalation […]

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