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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The murder of pardoned FARC members in Colombia

An idea is gaining strength in the ranks of the now unarmed FARC: it is safer to stay in the rural Transitional Normalization Zones than to return to the cities. Español

Deafening noise from flights over Fontibón in Bogotá, Colombia. Something went wrong with the IDB

The case of the El Dorado airport expansion in Bogotá, Colombia, shows how the Inter-American Development Bank gags its own accountability office. Español

Ruido ensordecedor de aviones sobre Fontibón. Algo falló en el BID

El caso de la ampliación del aeropuerto de El Dorado en Bogotá, Colombia, muestra cómo el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo amordaza a su propia oficina de rendición de cuentas. English

Five reasons why Sergio Jaramillo will go down in history

Sergio Jaramillo, who "was the quiet force of the process of dialogues in Havana", leaves the command of the Office of the High Commissioner for peace. We reviewed his contributions to the process. Español

Insurgent feminisms in Colombia

The unlikely alliance between the FARC and the Trans Community Network in Colombia provides grounds for hope in the building of peace and a dignified existence for transgender people. Español

Feminismos insurgentes en Colombia

La improbable alianza entre las FARC y la Red Comunitaria Trans proporciona bases para la esperanza en la construcción de la paz y una existencia digna para las personas transgénero. English

Colombia: guerrillas, the Pope, and a ceasefire

Both the guerrilla and the government had expressed their wish to end the talks and announce a ceasefire coinciding with the Pope's visit to Colombia. Español

Cese al fuego con el ELN: el primer milagro del Papa en Colombia

Tanto el ELN como el gobierno habían expresado su deseo de finalizar las conversaciones y anunciar un pacto de cese al fuego coincidiendo con la visita del Papa a Colombia. English

The FARC arrives at Congress to become a political party

On Sunday August 27th, more than a thousand delegates of the Farc will gather in Bogotá to discuss its future, including the new political party’s name and what it will stand for. Español

Así llegan las Farc al Congreso para convertirse en partido político

El domingo 27 de agosto más de mil delegados de las Farc se reunirán en Bogotá para discutir su futuro, incluyendo el nombre del nuevo partido político y lo que representará. English

Failing to transform good intentions into actions is the biggest challenge of the Colombian Peace Agreement

“If we are not able to implement the Peace Agreement to a certain operative extent, we risk the viability of Colombia as a nation,” says Lucas Carvajal, ex-member of the Colombia FARC guerrilla group. Español

Implementación del Acuerdo en Colombia: se corre el riesgo de no poder transformar la voluntad en acción

“Si no se logra una implementación cierta del Acuerdo de paz, se pondrá en riesgo la viabilidad de Colombia como nación”, dice Lucas Carvajal, exmiembro de las FARC. Entrevista. English

Cinco razones por las que Sergio Jaramillo pasará a la historia

Sergio Jaramillo que “fue la fuerza callada del proceso de diálogos en La Habana”, deja el mando de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para la Paz. Repasamos sus contribuciones al proceso. English

Patrones y sicarios: así era el ajedrez de la mafia en Colombia antes de Escobar

La cuestión de las drogas en Colombia pasaba desapercibida los años 1970. No existe una historia oficial que indique quiénes fueron los pioneros, pero quedaron patrones. 

Agenda item 5: Laying down arms

The terms of the final demobilisation and disarmament was one of the last items items to be negotiated, and the first to be implemented, and therefore there were significant implications for trust between the two parties. Nevertheless, faced with this pressure, it was also an area of innovation, involving active military personnel into negotiations.

A window of opportunity for peace in Colombia

The negotiators from Colombia's peace process give us 10 reasons why negotiations were possible from 2012, and why we can't miss this opportunity for peace.

In memory of Mapiripán, Colombia

It was twenty years ago: Mapiripán became the scene of a massacre that is today an example of what the war was like in Colombia. Español

Memoria de la guerra en Colombia: Mapiripán

Hace 20 años, Mapiripán fue escenario de una masacre que es hoy ejemplo de lo que significó la guerra en Colombia. English

La post-verdad en Colombia

La post-verdad no solo es “made in USA” sino que también se fabrica en Colombia, con la connivencia del Estado, produciendo enormes beneficios económicos para el sector productivo.

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

2016 will probably be considered a lesson for the history of peace negotiations. We edited in an eBook a selection of the most relevant articles about the post-conflict that we published last year. Read here the conclusions. Español

2016, año de transición a la paz en Colombia

2016 será una lección para la historia de las negociaciones de paz en todo el mundo. Presentamos en forma de eBook una selección de los artículos más relevantes sobre el postconflicto que publicamos ese año. Estas son las conclusiones. English

Colombia: reaping the dividends of peace

In a climate of increasingly polarized international relations, the recent successful completion of the FARC-EP disarmament process in Colombia provides the world with a hint of hope. Español

Colombia: cosechando los beneficios de la paz

En un clima de relaciones internacionales cada vez más polarizado, la reciente exitosa finalización del proceso de desarme de las FARC-EP en Colombia entrega al mundo un indicio de esperanza. English

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of December 1st 2011

Local officials in both British Columbia and Amsterdam wrangle with their respective national governments on the question of how to deal with marijuana trafficking. Meanwhile, Colombia's incumbent president seeks to begin an international dialogue on the legalization of marijuana and other drugs. The UN reports that synthetic drug use in Asia is reaching epidemic proportions, with half the world's users living in East and Southeast Asia. ~ jw

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of October 2nd 2011

Following the successful openDemocracy Conference, ‘After the War on Drugs: Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World’; the Drug Policy Forum is back with a bumper edition and round-up of the last couple of weeks drug policy news. We lead this week with news that rebuffing the Conservative government, the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Vancouver's safe injection site for heroin addicts can stay open.

Bin laden ‘revenge’ suicide bombing kills 80 in Pakistan

Eighty people die in the first Bin Laden revenge killing by the Pakistani Taliban as coalition leaders consider expedited troop draw down. Libyan rebel leaders are in Washington to seek US recognition and financial support. Colombian rebels are implicated in assassination attempts against political rivals of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. All this and more, in today’s security update…
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