The German-Colombian Peace Institute (Instituto CAPAZ) has published its first working paper on the dynamics of armed conflict in the port city of Tumaco in southwestern Colombia. Even after the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the guerrilla movement Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), violence continues to erupt there, as illegal groups compete for control of the illegal economy and engage in clashes with state security forces.
As the authors Luis Gabriel Salas Salazar, Fabián Eduardo Camelo (both Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and Jonas Wolff (HSFK) impressively demonstrate with their presentation of local developments from 1990 to 2017, the Tumaco region is thus an example of the most important challenges faced by the Colombian peace process.
The Instituto CAPAZ was founded in 2016 by ten universities and research institutions from Colombia and Germany, with the participation of PRIF, in order to gather knowledge about the causes, dynamics and consequences of the Colombian conflict, to initiate social debates and thus support the peace process.
On November 22, 2018, CAPAZ will host a panel discussion entitled "Kolumbien: Beiträge der Lateinamerika-Forschung zum Friedensprozess" at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to an in-depth discussion on contemporary research on Colombia in Germany, ten academic experts will present their current research and comment on the main problems and perspectives in the peace process from their perspective.