Safeguarding political guarantees in the Colombian peace process: Have Santos and FARC learnt the lessons from the past?
ANDREI GOMEZ-SUAREZ & JONATHAN NEWMAN
This article discusses the lessons of previous peace processes between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). It has two policy implications. In regards to Colombia, it suggests that safeguarding the lives of FARC-demobilised members is necessary for the current peace process to succeed, hence it proposes a hybrid Specialised Protection Force (SPF). In terms of peace building, the article discusses the challenges for SPFs to avoid becoming tools of foreign policy diplomacy that perpetuate conflicts. The article aims to contribute to both the critique of liberal peace and the negotiation teams in the current Colombian peace process.
Keywords: Colombia, FARC, Unión Patriótica, Peace Support Operations