On November 24, 2016, the government of Colombia and the biggest guerrilla group in the country, the FARC, signed a final peace agreement. This accord put an end to the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere and to long and convoluted peace talks. Over the course of the four-year process, there were ups and downs, including a moment of crisis when the public rejected the initial peace accord in October 2016.
Despite many hurdles, this paper argues that the process can be considered a success for the simple fact that it achieved its objective; to convince the FARC to voluntarily set aside its weapons and start the transition to becoming a political party. This paper highlights the key elements that seemed to have worked and those that made progress difficult.
For full access to the report, Made in Havana: How Colombia and the FARC Decided to End the War, please follow the link.