Colombia: After the Peace Deal

Just months after a new president moved into the Colombian presidential palace in August 2018, questions remain over the future of the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and the left-wing FARC guerrilla group, which is now a political party.

The peace treaty allows FARC members to serve in the Colombian Congress and enables thousands of former guerrilla fighters to slowly integrate into society and to receive alternative sentences for their crimes rather than lengthy prison time.

This project focuses on how the new president will honor the commitments made by his predecessor at this critical point in the deal’s implementation and what the risks are to the deal and to peace moving forward. It also includes a look at what the FARC hopes to achieve, its perspective on the deal’s implementation, and how its entrance into the Colombian political sphere will change it as an organization.