Practitioner Profile | Jennifer Schirmer

On August 24, 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly referred to as the FARC, signed a peace deal after 52 years of internal conflict. This peace deal marks a potential end to the over half century of violence that has killed over 220,000 Colombians and displaced more than six million.

There are many distinctive attributes to this deal specifically regarding its parameters for reintegration of former guerilla fighters as well as its unique model for transitional justice. On October 2, Colombians will have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on the peace accord, which in its final form is 297 pages long.

Dr. Jennifer Schirmer, a current fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government spent fourteen years working on peace-building and preparatory dialogue training in Colombia. These Conversatorios, sought to prepare different parties to the conflict for the negotiations that would eventually lead to this deal. Dr. Schirmer sat down with us earlier this month to share her insights and to discuss her opinion on how exactly this peace deal will be implemented.

September, 2016