Inside Story: Has ETA given up on independence?

After nearly 60 years of conflict, the Basque separatist group ETA has announced its decision to lay down its weapons by April 8. Our Colombia Programme Director Kristian Herbolzheimer has been discussing the role of civil society in disarmament in the Basque Country with Al Jazeera English

No war and no peace in Colombia and the Philippines

The peace processes of the Philippines and Colombia have both, in the past, been hailed as shining examples to the world of innovation and negotiation.

Interview: The Inquiry - Can Colombia reintegrate FARC?

Conciliation Resources' Colombia Programme Director, Kristian Herbolzheimer, was interviewed for The Inquiry, part of the BBC World Service, on the reintegration of FARC fighters following the end of the Colombian armed conflict.

Large portions of populations really hate them [FARC], profoundly, that's just how it is...They [FARC] will not be able to participate in politics, until they very explicitly take responsibility for what they did wrong in the past.

Innovations in the Colombian peace process

Jun 2016
Innovations in the Colombia peace process

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia insurgents are about to reach a comprehensive peace agreement. This report describes a number of innovations and other developments leading up to this widely predicted agreement that might be relevant to peace processes elsewhere.

Colombian ceasefire announced

The Colombian Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have announced a historic ceasefire agreement. This agreement effectively puts an end to the last major internal armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere, which has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions during the past half a century.

Nagorny Karabakh ceasefire announced


Conciliation Resources welcomes the ceasefire following three days of military escalation in and around Nagorny Karabakh. As a peacebuilding organisation, which supports dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, we hope that the ceasefire holds and negotiations are resumed with immediate effect. We believe that the conflict can and must be resolved peacefully.

We have been deeply worried by the extreme statements and threats to further intensify the fighting and ongoing polarisation. Many lives have been lost; numerous homes and livelihoods have also been destroyed.

Building trust in the Colombian ceasefire agreement

The UN will deploy a political mission to Colombia to verify the forthcoming ceasefire. This mission is fundamental to strengthen public confidence in a peace process that may end the longest armed conflict in the American continent.

Syria - Civilian interaction with armed groups in the Syrian conflict

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

A case study examining the effectiveness of community-based initiatives to engage in dialogue with armed groups in rebel-controlled Syria, a fluid environment with high levels of insecurity and violence. Wisam Elhamoui and Sinan al‑Hawat describe how a number of communities living in these areas have organised informally to facilitate relief operations and broader social welfare.

Colombia - De‑mining in Micoahumado: from civil resistance to local negotiation with the ELN

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Mauricio García-Durán and Fernando Sarmiento Santander explore an initiative by the population of Micoahumado in southern Bolivar, one of the most disputed zones in the Colombian conflict. The article identifies how the community was able to convince the ELN to unilaterally de-mine the main arteries connecting the village of Micoahumado in a territory under de facto ELN control.

Local engagement with armed groups: in the midst of violence

May 2015
International policy is ambiguous on whether or not to talk to non-state armed groups. But while states equivocate, local populations may already be in contact. This second Accord Insight looks at how local actors organise to enter into dialogue with armed groups and challenge their use of violence.