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Building Sustainable PeaceTiming and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding$
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Arnim Langer and Graham K. Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757276.001.0001

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Agrarian Debates in the Colombian Peace Process

Agrarian Debates in the Colombian Peace Process

Complex Issues, Unlikely Reformers,Unexpected Enablers

(p.341) Chapter 19 Agrarian Debates in the Colombian Peace Process
Building Sustainable Peace

Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín

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This chapter discusses the ‘fog of peace’ that affects the negotiation on agrarian issues that is at the heart of the ongoing Colombian peace process. The ‘fog of peace’ takes place because the politicians who can make peace must have resources to speak to both state challengers and vested interests. But the very skills and networks that allow them to initiate the process may hinder their capacity, or willingness, to implement consistent pro-peace policies and coalitions. Furthermore, they operate in turbulent and uncertain settings, in which they have to juggle several contradictory interests. In this kind of context, decision-makers face complex sequencing problems, e.g. whether to promote policies that foster long-term stability at the risk of triggering short-term contention, or let the policies die away but then leave intact the very structures that might have contributed to the onset and/or persistence of the conflict in the first place.

Keywords:   fog of peace, agrarian problem, inequality, political system, coalition, Colombia, conflict

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