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Did Colombians Really Say “No” to Peace?: A Grassroots Peace Activism Versus Top-Down Approach

  • Juan Fernando LucioEmail author
  • D. Conor Seyle
  • Alexandra Amling
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Abstract

On 2 October 2016, Colombians were asked to participate in a plebiscite to approve or disprove supposedly the best Peace Agreement ever designed between the Government of Colombia and the Colombian Armed Revolutionary Force, known as FARC. To the astonishment of most, by a difference of 53.894 (0.41%) of the total, Colombians said “No” to the Peace Agreement. But were they saying “No” to peace? This chapter explores three fundamental reasons for such result: (1) unrealistic optimism about outcome of the plebiscite given the scars left by a 53-year-old conflict, (2) a poor understanding and communication outreach to the urban voter, and (3) a No-campaign with a clearer, though not necessarily truthful message and stronger leadership than the Yes-campaign.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to extend their special thanks to Claudia Aguilar, Marta Salazar, Andres Guerrero, and Julia Schneider, members of the PASO Colombia team for contributing to this chapter with their research and relevant interpretation of the plebiscite.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Fernando Lucio
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Conor Seyle
    • 2
  • Alexandra Amling
    • 1
  1. 1.PASO ColombiaCaliColombia
  2. 2.OEF Research, One Earth Future FoundationBroomfieldUSA

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