Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop

The Path Towards Reconciliation after Colombia’s War: Understanding the Roles of Victims and Perpetrators


Workshop with Dr. Roddy Brett, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Bristol

"The Path Towards Reconciliation after Colombia’s War: understanding the roles of victims and perpetrators"

This paper explores the role of the five delegations of victims that participated in the peace talks in Havana between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) in 2015. The empirical research is based on interviews with the members of the victims’ delegations that presented their testimonies to the negotiating parties during the peace talks between the Santos government and Latin America's oldest guerrilla army; with members of the international community; and with other relevant the parties to the negotiations. Drawing upon transitional justice, peacebuilding and reconciliation scholarship, the paper examines the degree to which this ‘hybrid’ peace-making mechanism shaped the dynamics and content of the peace accord and whether, if at all, it transformed the relationships between victims and perpetrators present in Havana and more broadly within Colombia. The research analyses a series of broader questions relevant to peacebuilding, victimhood and transitional justice, in particular whether the objective of placing victims and victims’ rights at the centre of the peace process - a manifestation of the so-called victims’ turn in transitional justice - was borne out in practice and thus whether the inclusion of historically marginalised actors may shape the practice and discourse of peacebuilding and transitional justice.

For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.

About the Kroc-Kellogg Peace, Conflict, Crime and Violence Workshop
This workshop seeks to integrate and develop collaboration between Kroc and Kellogg scholars focusing on the wide range of peace, conflict, and violence issues. It is intended to be broad in scope including topics such as political and criminal violence, human rights, and transitional justice along with standard issues of civil and international war, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The format assumes that participants come to the workshop having read the paper. A discussant will start the discussion with 5-10 minutes of comments, then the floor is open. These sessions are open to Notre Dame faculty and graduate students. For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.
Workshop Organizers: Guillermo TrejoGary Goertz, Laurie Nathan, Abby Córdova, and Josefina Echavarría Alvarez.


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