Colombia: Religious Actors Inspiring Reconciliation

September 15, 2013

This case study explores the complex ways that religious forces have both legitimized and sought to resolve the decades-long conflict in Colombia between the government and various guerrilla and paramilitary organizations, with particular attention paid to the peace efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. The study deals with four questions: What are the historical origins of the conflict in Colombia? How do domestic religious factors influence the conflict as well as inspire efforts for conflict resolution? How important are international religious forces? What role do socioeconomic factors play? In addition to its core text, the case study also includes a timeline of key events, a guide to relevant religious organizations, and a list of further readings.

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