Our grounded research and impact activities focus on people-centred security during transitions from war to peace. Our work on army transformation, violent non-state groups, local institutions and trust has produced academic publications, policy briefs, and practitioner capacity building. We have advised senior government and UN officials and supported civil society actors.
The current uncertainty in Colombia makes our work timelier than ever. Colombia’s new president, inaugurated in August 2018, seeks to modify the Peace Agreement to punish former rebels, at a time when the UN denounce a lack of progress in the peace deal’s implementation. ELN rebels and other violent groups fill power voids left by FARC, whose ex-members are partly re-uniting. Communities are threatened and social leaders killed in their hundreds, while lack of state protection and governance risks increased insecurity from renewed grievances and organised crime.
The aim of this project is to address the consequences of changing security landscapes in transitions from war to peace for security architectures in Colombia, with a special focus on the role of the marginalised communities in this security architectures.