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Colombia and the European Union as key partners for peace


Colombia and the European Union as key partners for peace

Assessment of the EU peacebuilding strategy in Colombia in the post-conflict scenario
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von: Daniela Forero Nuñez

14,99 €

Verlag: Grin Verlag
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 26.07.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9783346447142
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 72

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2021 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Peace and Conflict Studies, Security, grade: 1,0, University of Regensburg (Professur für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (Schwerpunkt Westeuropa)), language: English, abstract: Colombia’s long path towards peace was heavily marked by the signing of a peace agreement in 2016 that was supposed to officially put an end to the longest-running conflict in modern Latin America. Nevertheless, even after more than four years since that historic milestone, violence continues to plague the country, endangering the transition towards a real transformation. Although the conflict’s origin is complex and multicausal, some of its root causes, such as socioeconomic inequality, limited political participation and the State’s absence in several regions, remain unsettled.

This internal conflict does not stop at the Colombian border and rather places itself within an international context, bringing several actors of the international community together. Specifically, the European Union (EU) appears as one additional player that seeks to support the building of sustainable peace in the country by helping to tackle some of the structural causes of the conflict. In parallel, it should contribute to the implementation of the peace accords – which independently from its actual fulfillment – rely on a broad reconciliation and consensus-seeking process of major symbolism.

The European Trust Fund for Colombia (EUTF for Colombia) – established in December 2016 – embodies the EU’s aim to contribute to sustainable development in the long run. This premise builds the essence of the EU Development Policy. The following thesis attempts to examine the EU peacebuilding strategy in Colombia in the aftermath of the conflict. The main question guiding the research is: To what extent has the EUTF for Colombia contributed to the building of a just and sustainable peace in the country during the post-conflict era?