Chrome360 | May/June 2018 | Colombia

On 27 May 2018, Colombia went to the polls to elect a new president.  Santos was out of the running as he was coming to the end of his second term. The big question is whether Santos’ successor will support the ongoing peace process, which faces a number of challenges.  Political opposition threatens the implementation of the complex series of peace accords, and the continuing conflict with the National Liberation Army (ELN) could undermine the fragile peace achieved to date.

In our series on Colombia, we explore the long history of the country’s internal armed conflict, and how the armed struggle with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC-EP, was finally brought to an end in 2016 by the landmark peace agreement between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the former guerilla group.

ChromeRadio production in partnership with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Image | By Gobierno de Chile – Mandataria participó en la ceremonia de Firma de Cese al Fuego del Diálogo de Paz, CC BY 2.0

  • Briefing
    Dr Roddy Brett, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews, explores the history of Colombia’s internal armed conflict, and how the armed struggle with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC-EP, was finally brought to an end in 2016 by the landmark peace agreement between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the former guerilla group.
  • In Conversation
    Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Colombia’s Ambassador to Belgium and Head of its Mission to the EU, was High Commissioner for Peace and a key member of the Colombian government’s negotiating team during the successful peace talks with the FARC-EP.  In conversation with Dr Roddy Brett, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews, he reflects on the negotiations and their challenges.
  • Witness | Tanja Nijmeijer 
    Dutch national Tanja Nijmeijer fought with the FARC, and was a member of the FARC negotiating team during the peace talks with the Santos government. She speaks to us down the line from Bogotá about why she joined the FARC, the peace process, and the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Witness | Martha Luz Amorocho de Ujueta
    Martha Luz Amorocho de Ujueta lost one son in the Club Nogal bombing, which left another son badly injured. She took part in the peace talks as a member of one of the Victims’ Delegations. She talks to us from Bogotá about working for peace and reconciliation, and learning to forgive.  English voiced by Michaela Crivello.

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