In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite

Defeat by a wafer-thin margin in the October 2016 plebiscite on the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency shocked Colombia’s society and political establishment, as well as the accord’s international backers. A revised accord, with numerous changes demanded by opposition leaders, was unveiled less than two months later, but the illusion of consensus was short-lived. Peace with the guerrillas is again set to polarise parties and candidates in elections in 2018.  A swift, effective start to implementation of the accord is needed to reverse public wariness and political resistance.

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