Among the most important moments in my communication with FARC leaders was when we talked in-depth about the topics of a FARC possible unilateral “indefinite” cease-fire before one was declared—and to renew it after a resurgence of fighting—and of … [Continue reading]
4) Could Calls for a Military Solution Spike on Potential, New Frustrations over Prolonged Talks? What Is the Balance of Forces?
While there may be an isolated, low-level, fortuitous, armed clash on occasion, such as when soldiers go after FARC guerrillas “taxing” civilians, a substantial resumption of fighting between FARC and government troops and more destruction are not in … [Continue reading]
5) With the Colombian State’s Overwhelming Military Superiority, Why Even Have Peace Talks with the Guerrillas?
Some ask that given the Colombian state’s overwhelming military superiority, why even have peace talks with the guerrillas? “In reality, if it weren’t for our military capability, the government wouldn’t be talking with us, as it is now,” said … [Continue reading]
6) What Would Happen with No Peace Talks?
Colombian former president/now Senator Alvaro Uribe—a largely rightist hardliner whose support was a determining factor for Santos being elected president in 2010—is a fiery critic against these peace talks and feels betrayed by Santos, who was one … [Continue reading]
7) Plan Colombia and the Peace Talks
Pres. Santos made a public invitation to Uribe and Pastrana to set aside political and personal differences to join Pres. Santos at the February 4 Plan Colombia commemoration with Pres. Obama in Washington DC. Pres. Santos had been hyping the … [Continue reading]