The peace agreement that Colombia sealed with the FARC-EP guerrillas in late 2016 offers the country the historic opportunity to leave behind an armed conflict that has lasted for over 50 years and to initiate long-term social changes. In early August, however, Iván Duque, a conservative politician who represents critics of the agreement and who wants to change it, assumed the presidency. External actors – including Germany and the EU – must figure out how to balance respect for a democratically elected government with commitment to a peace process that they regard as right and important.
Solveig Richter and Jonas Wolff discuss policy options to strengthen the peace process in the PRIF Spotlight 10/2018: Colombia Under the Duque Government. Policy Options to Strengthen the Peace Process.