MHC expert on failed Colombia peace agreement

Andrew Reiter

Andrew Reiter, a professor of politics and international relations at Mount Holyoke College, is an expert on political violence, international law, and Latin American politics. He recently commented in several venues on the Colombian Peace Agreement, which sought to bring an end to over five decades of military clashes between government, guerilla, and paramilitary forces. The agreement was subsequently rejected on a voters’ referendum. 

In an op-ed that was published in US News and World Report, Reiter said that the arguments against the peace agreement “deceived voters intentionally and put morality above practicality.” Speaking with the Guardian, which noted that he studies “why peace treaties fall apart,” Reiter said that the vote was a “significant blow to that country’s prospects for peace.” He was also featured in Share Radio's Investment Perspectives podcast, where he spoke about the benefits and drawbacks of the peace agreement. 

Despite the referendum, the peace deal is still being negotiated and may occur eventually. Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this fall for his efforts to end the decades of political tension and to create lasting peace in the nation. 

Read the US News and World Report op-ed. 

Read the Guardian article.

Listen to the Investment Perspectives podcast.


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