27. April 2013

Thinking about Peace Research in 21st Century Latin America

With the end of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone and the signing of peace accords that followed the civil wars in Central America, most violent conflicts in Latin America have been considered to belong to the past. Consequently, the region has been overlooked by peace researchers. Nevertheless, for many countries within the region, violence has only further escalated over the last 30 years. Countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico are now considered to be some of the most violent countries in the world.4 Fuelling both violent conflict and the maintenance of structural injustice are economic inequalities and impunity, lack of the rule of law, and continuing human rights abuses. These issues have prompted various theoretical explanations. A peace research perspective, however, which challenges prevalent definitions of war, conflict, and peace, is often missing from these explanations. (source: editorial)



  • EDITORIAL: Thinking about Peace Research in 21st Century Latin America
  • Friction in a Warming World: The Challenges of Green Energy in Rural Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Andean Ethno-cultural Politics and their Effects on Social Violence: Evidence and Hypothesis from the Bolivian Case
  • Challenging the Weak States Hypothesis: Vigilantism in South Africa and Brazil
  • Argentinian Transitional Justice Process: Women Behind
  • Peace Processes in Colombia: International Third-Party Interventions
  • Uncovering the Role of Education in Citizen Security: a Peace Education Research Agenda for Latin America
  • Prone to Conflict, but Resilient to Violence. Why Civil Wars Sometimes Do Not Happen: Insights from Peru and Bolivia
  • "Peace of Little Nothings": a View within the Peace Laboratories in Colombia
  • Book Review: Mexico's Security Failure: Collapse into Criminal Violence


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