Author: Marcelle Cohen

The Militarization of Peace in Colombia Shows A Need for Change in US Foreign Policy

Third and final in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ School student in Master of Global Policy Studies) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” — George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States “WAR IS PEACE.”– 1984, George Orwell During the Cold War, the global South became the ideological battleground in which the global North waged war. In this sense, the Cold War was only cold in Europe and North America. The United States and the...

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Sexual Violence in Colombia and Around the World: The Invisible, Mute, and Exempt Crime

Photo Credit: Jose Huesca/EPA via The Guardian Second in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. Sexual violation, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, forced abortion, forced sterilization; the negation of reproductive rights to access anti-contraceptives or protection from sexually transmitted disease; genital mutilation… The United Nations has reported that it is now more dangerous to be woman than a soldier in an armed conflict. Historically, sexual violence in conflict was accepted as an unfortunate, but unavoidable collateral damage of war. Sexual terror has long been an...

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The Longest War: Redefining the Colombian Peace Process from Bogotá

Photo Credit: therepublicsquare.com First in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. I came to Colombia in late May, inspired by the peace process that a hopeful international press had promised would finally put an end to the world’s longest civil war.  The peace talks taking place in Havana between the Colombian government, lead by President Juan Manuel Santos, and the leftist guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC), have been lauded as exemplary for their focus on victims and securing important gains such as demining,...

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