Colombia Reaches Deal to End 52-Year War with FARC Guerrilla Group

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (C) holds a copy with the final text of the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, on his way to the National Congress in Bogota on August 25, 2016.  (Ivan Valencia/AFP/Getty Images))

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced a peace accord Wednesday with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), ending a 52-year war with the guerrilla group. The war claimed more than 220,000 lives and displaced millions before a ceasefire was reached in June. Under the agreement, which some critics denounce as too lenient, FARC members would serve no prison time if they confess to their crimes. The treaty must be ratified by a public vote on October 2. We discuss the history of the conflict and the implications of the peace deal.


Daniel Restrepo, senior fellow, Center for American Progress; former special assistant to President Obama; former senior director, Western Hemisphere Affairs, National Security Council

Cynthia Arnson, director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; author, "In the Wake of War:
Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict"

David Tolbert, president, International Center for Transitional Justice