Analysis & Commentary

Peru Elections 2016: Back to the Future?

Elections in Peru are just five days away, and concerns that the process lacks legitimacy may undermine the authority of whoever is ultimately elected president.

Civil Society is Colombia’s Best Bet for Constructing Peace

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces and videos on how to ensure the success of potential bilateral ceasefire agreement.

President Obama and the Disappeared

Today, crimes of equally heinous proportions are happening in El Salvador and the international community appears to be unaware, or indifferent.

The Colombian Military Faces Post-Conflict Uncertainty

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
In this fourth piece of WOLA's series on Colombia's peace process, Adam Isacson analyzes the role of Colombia's military in the post-conflict.

Why Colombia’s Negotiators Couldn’t Manage a Cease-Fire by March 23

Colombia's negotiators announced last September 23 that both sides would sign a peace accord in just six months. A more realistic hope was that the negotiators could agree by March 23 on something more modest than a final accord, but still tremendously important: a bilateral ceasefire.

The UN Verification Mission’s Essential Role in Colombia’s Long-Awaited Ceasefire

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
As soon as this week, though perhaps later, Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrillas may agree to a bilateral cessation of hostilities. The United Nations verification mission will play a vital role in this long-awaited ceasefire.

Ríos Montt Genocide Retrial Starts Amidst Controversy

After several false starts, the retrial proceedings against former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt and his intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sanchez in the Maya Ixil genocide case began on March 16, 2016.

Colombia's Peace Process: Integrating Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Rights

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement