Meaghan Pierannunzi from the U.S. Institute of Peace asked us to let you know about their new publication Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War (Virginia M. Bouvier, editor), a great new resource on building peace in Colombia. This comprehensive analysis of Colombia’s current conflict moves beyond the drug trafficking and guerilla warfare found in the headlines to encompass Colombia’s diverse array of often overlooked peace initiatives.
These initiatives involve national actors, local and regional initiatives, institutional and sectoral initiatives, the role of gender and ethnicity in peacebuilding, local and regional initiatives, and the multiple contributions and roles of the international community in Colombia’s search for peace. The framework set forth in the volume seeks to rectify some of the misperceptions created by the neglect of nonviolent conflict actors, to consider how peace initiatives and their proponents might contribute further to a resolution of the Colombian conflict, and to assess the implications of this adjusted vision for international community and policymakers.
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