A contribution to permanent peace in Colombia
Bogotá, 13.01.2017 - Foreign Minister Steinmeier opens German-Colombian Peace Institute Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ) – PRIF is involved in the project
The Colombian peace agreement between the administration of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerilla, signed on 24th November 2016, nourishes hopes for peace. To accompany the ongoing peace process in the areas of research and teaching, German universities and research institutions, among them PRIF, are involved in establishing a German-Colombian Peace Institute / Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ) in Bogotá.
The project is supervised by the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and Prof. Dr Thilo Marauhn, Professor for public law and public international Law at the JLU Gießen and Head of PRIF’s research group “Public international law”.
Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Colombian counterpart María Ángela Holguín opened the Instituto CAPAZ in Bogotá. „Peace takes courage“ is the motto of the opening event of the peace institute. Prof. Dr Thilo Marauhn said at the kick-off: „It is both a privilege and a challenge to contribute to the peace process in Colombia with instruments of knowledge transfer.“
The institute is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in association with the German Federal Foreign Office and is supposed to be a center of research, study and councelling and to pass on expertise on central questions of peace research, historic revision, conflict prevention and the constitution of a post-conflict society. The institute will be located at the biggest state university of Colombia in Bogotá and is meant to embed into a growing network of German and Colombian institutions. Funding is being granted for ten years.
Besides PRIF, partners on the German side are Freie Universität Berlin, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and as an associated partner Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. On the Colombian side, an Alliance of Universities for Peace (Alianza Universitaria por la Paz) has been established that will be coordinated by Universidad Nacional, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Externado de Colombia.
- The project at PRIF: „Establishment of a German-Colombian Peace Institute“
- Website of the Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ)
- Press release of the German Federal Foreign Office "Steinmeier visits Colombia to support the peace process"
- Press release (in German) Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (consortium leadership)
- Interview (in Spanish) with Jonas Wolff, Member of PRIF's Executive Board and Head of Research Department „Governance and Societal Peace“