Skip to main content

Colombia and FARC after the Peace Agreement


Colombia and FARC after the Peace Agreement

On 24th October, the School of Law hosted a talk by Emma Crane and Dr Andrew Thomson on Colombia and FARC after the peace process. The event was organised by the QUB Human Rights Centre.

Dr Thomson, a lecturer in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queen’s, talked about his paper on “Multiple Warring Parties and FARC Perceptions of threat in the Colombian Peace Process.” He travelled to Colombia last year to conduct research on FARC perceptions following the peace agreement with the Colombian government. Through surveys and interviews, Dr Thomson was able to gain a better understanding of FARC perception of levels of threat by different groups, including the government. He found that FARC ex-combatants were trusting of the government, at the time, and were willing to reconcile.

Emma Crane, a PhD researcher from New York University, discussed FARC’s urban policy platform during the spring elections and their work with victim organizations before and after the peace agreement. She mentioned the demobilisation process for former FARC members and their reintegration back into society. She also spoke of her experiences shadowing FARC members, and how it was perceived, which were not seen as favourably by some.

The talk was followed by a short Q & A session, with the speakers providing some welcome advice to PhD students at Queen’s on research methodology.