Establishment of a German-Colombian Peace Institute

The Colom­bian peace process between the Colom­bian govern­ment and the guerrilla organi­zation FARC is despite all diffi­cul­ties and imponde­rables one of the few rays of hope in the cur­rent world­wide war. In order to sup­port the peace process in the areas of research, teaching and consul­tancy, the Ger­man Aca­demic Ex­change Service (DAAD) has been sup­porting the establish­ment of a German-Colom­bian Peace Insti­tute (Ins­tit­uto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ))  in Bo­gotá since the end of 2016 with funds from the Fede­ral For­eign Office. The aim of the Insti­tute is to estab­lish a broad aca­demic net­work within Colom­bia and bet­ween Colom­bia and Ger­many in which the cent­ral themes of the peace pro­cess are dealt with. In parti­cular, univer­sities from regions of Colom­bia that are most affec­ted by the con­flict are to be involved.

The project is carried out by a consor­tium of German and Colom­bian research and edu­catio­nal insti­tutions. The scien­tific director of the Ins­tituto CAPAZ is Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, who also holds a professor­ship for peace research at the Law Faculty of Justus Liebig University in Giessen.

The foun­ding members of the consor­tium on the Ger­man side are PRIF, Justus Liebig University Giessen (con­sortium leader), Georg-August-Universität Göt­tingen, Freie Univer­sität Berlin and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. The Colom­bian foun­ding institu­tions are the Univer­sidad Nacional (consortium leader), the Univer­sidad de los Andes, the Univer­sidad del Rosario, the Pontificia Universi­dad Javeriana, and the Univer­sidad Externado de Colombia. In 2018, eight further Colom­bian and two further German univer­sities joined the consor­tium as asso­ciated partners. These are the follo­wing univer­sities in Colombia: Universi­dad de Antioquia (Medellín), Univer­sidad de Caldas (Manizales), Univer­sidad del Cauca (Popayán), Univer­sidad de Ibagué (Ibagué), Unive­rsidad Industrial de Santan­der (Bucaramanga), Univer­sidad de Medellín (Medellín), Univer­sidad del Norte (Barranquilla), Univer­sidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellín). In Germany, these are the Univer­sity of Erfurt and the Catholic Univer­sity of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Eichstätt - Bavaria).

A period of ten years is planned for the establish­ment of the insti­tute:

The exten­ded develop­mental phase until the end of 2019 (2016-2019) will be followed by an insti­tutiona­lization phase (until 2023) and a consoli­dation phase (until 2026).

Further infor­mation and current news can be found on the website of the Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ).

 

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Towards violent peace? | 2019

Wolff, Jonas/Salas Salazar, Luis Gabriel/Camelo, Fabián Eduardo (2019): Towards violent peace? Territorial dynamics of violence in Tumaco (Colombia) before and after the demobilisation of the FARC-EP, in: Conflict, Security & Development, 19:5, 497–520, DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2019.1661594.

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Kolumbiens Gewalt-Frieden | 2019

Rähme, Sophie (2019): Kolumbiens Gewalt-Frieden. Zum Anstieg der Gewalt gegen soziale Aktivisten und Aktivistinnen seit dem Friedensabkommen 2016, PRIF Report 3/2019, Frankfurt/M.

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Territorial peace in Colombia: Not just a rural issue | 2019

Baum, Max (2019): Territorial peace in Colombia: Not just a rural issue, PRIF Blog, 27.6.2019.

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Dinámicas territoriales de la violencia y del conflict armado antes y después del acuerdo de paz con las FARC-EP | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): Dinámicas territoriales de la violencia y del conflict armado antes y después del acuerdo de paz con las FARC-EP. Estudio de caso: municipio de Tumaco, Nariño, in: Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ) (ed.), Documento de Trabajo 1/2018, (), 53-62, http://www.page.instituto-capaz.org/(...).

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Colombia Under the Duque Government | 2018

Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Colombia Under the Duque Government. Policy options to strengthen the peace process, PRIF Spotlight 10/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Kolumbien unter der Regierung Duque | 2018

Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Kolumbien unter der Regierung Duque. Optionen zur Stärkung des Friedensprozesses, PRIF Spotlight 9/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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De las Zonas Veredales Transitorias De Normalización a la Paz Territorial. Tensiones, conflictos y retos en el suroccidente de Colombia | 2018

Rodríguez, Alberto/Castillo Burbano, Ángela/Biel Portero, Israel/Corr, Jeinny Cristina/Wolff, Jonas/Espitia Pérez, Luisa Fernanda/Góngora-Mera, Manuel/Vallejo, Mario/Chamorro Rosero, Mauricio/Achicanoy Romero, Natalia/Bermúdez Rico, Rosa/Aboueldahab, Susann/Bolaños Enríquez, Tania/Rodríguez, Tania (2018): De las Zonas Veredales Transitorias De Normalización a la Paz Territorial. Tensiones, conflictos y retos en el suroccidente de Colombia, Heinrich Böll Stiftung/ Colombia, 21.9.2018.

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Frictions in Transitional Justice Processes: Colombia's Victims Law, Integral Reparation and the Temporality of Multiple Victimization in Displaced Women | 2018

Rähme, Sophie (2018): Frictions in Transitional Justice Processes: Colombia's Victims Law, Integral Reparation and the Temporality of Multiple Victimization in Displaced Women, in: Gobernar: The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance, 2:1, 33-56, https://orb.binghamton.edu/gobernar/(...).

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De las Zonas Veredales Transitorias de Normalización a la Paz Territorial. Tensiones, conflictos y retos en el suroccidente de Colombia | 2018

Rodríguez, Alberto/Castillo Burbano, Ángela/Biel Portero, Israel/Corr, Jeinny Cristina/Wolff, Jonas/Dietz, Kristina/Espitia Pérez, Luisa Fernanda/Góngora-Mera, Manuel/Chamorro Rosero, Mauricio/Achicanoy Romero, Natalia/Bermúdez Rico, Rosa/Aboueldahab, Susann/Bolaños Enríquez, Tania/Rodríguez, Tania (2018): De las Zonas Veredales Transitorias de Normalización a la Paz Territorial. Tensiones, conflictos y retos en el suroccidente de Colombia, Instituto CAPAZ: Policy Brief 1, http://www.page.instituto-capaz.org/(...).

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Kolumbien: Frieden durch Gewalt? | 2018

Wolff, Jonas/Dietz, Kristina (2018): Kolumbien: Frieden durch Gewalt?, in: Blätter für die deutsche und internationale Politik, 7, 25-28, https://www.blaetter.de/(...).

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Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
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Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
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Universidad Nacional
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Universidad de los Andes
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Universidad del Rosario
Universidad del Rosario
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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
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Universidad Externado de Colombia
Universidad Externado de Colombia
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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
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German Federal Foreign Office
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