Nobel Peace lecture: From the impossible to the possible

Ploughshares Americas, Armed Conflicts, Defence & Human Security, Forced Displacement and Migration Leave a Comment

Six years ago, it was hard for Colombians to imagine an end to a war that had lasted half a century. Today, after six years of serious and often intense, difficult negotiations, I stand before you and the world and announce with deep humility and gratitude that the Colombian people, with assistance from our friends around the world, are turning …

A Remarkable Year

Cesar Jaramillo Featured Leave a Comment

What a year. As Project Ploughshares marked four decades of continuous work in 2016, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. And we have been busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and …

Colombia takes historic step toward peace

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Defence & Human Security, Featured

For Colombians of my generation, it is hard to conceive of Colombia at peace. We were born into the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere, now in its 52nd year. The protracted war between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) became a distressing, yet routine, backdrop to everyday life. Over time, the conflict permeated …

Colombia orders armoured vehicles from Canada

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

On January 9, 2013 the Director of Strategic Communications for Foreign Minister John Baird confirmed that Canada added Colombia to its Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL) to support the export of armoured vehicles to the Colombia military. The Colombia sale was announced the following day when General Dynamic Land Systems Canada of London, Ontario reported a $65.3 million (US) …

Colombia’s Best Hope: Ordinary people take peace into their own hands

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Armed Conflicts

Authors Adrienne Wiebe and Bonnie Klassen The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 Colombia has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the Americas identified by the Project Ploughshares Armed Conflicts Report for 20101 as experiencing armed conflict. For over 50 years, this country of rugged mountain ranges and tropical lowlands has suffered from a complex, …