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On August 24, 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly referred to as the FARC, signed a peace deal after 52 years of internal conflict. This peace deal marks a potential end to the over half century of violence that has killed over 220,000 Colombians and displaced more than six million.
Dr. Jennifer Schirmer, a Visiting Scholar in the Religions and Practice of Peace Initiative at Harvard University's Divinity School, spent fourteen years working on peace-building and preparatory dialogue training in Colombia. These "Conversatorios," sought to prepare different parties to the conflict for the negotiations that would eventually lead to this deal. In the first part of this podcast, Dr. Schirmer discussed the proposed peace accord and their mechanisms for implementation. After the referendum failed to receive a "Yes" vote, she came back to speak with ATHA about how the political landscape in Colombia is affecting anticipated peace talks moving forward.