Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87742
Authors: 
Rettberg, Angelika
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
GIGA Working Papers 240
Abstract: 
The involvement of business in peace negotiations and peacebuilding has become a standard concern for countries involved in transitions from armed conflict. This article sheds light on the recent history of the private sector's role in peace processes in Colombia - a country that has been engulfed by conflict for almost five decades. The present paper illustrates how business perceptions and behavior have evolved throughout various attempts at negotiating peace, revealing that both the perceived costs of conflict and the expected benefits of peace play a part in promoting business pro-peace activism. A focus on business preferences is important for scholarly and public policy purposes. In light of dwindling international cooperation resources, it is likely that the Colombian state and society (mainly wealthy taxpayers and the business community) will bear the brunt of Colombia's peacebuilding costs. Understanding when, how, and why crucial allies (and potential foes) of peace processes become mobilized is therefore crucial for analyzing the prospects of durable peace in the country.
Subjects: 
Colombia
private sector
armed conflict
peace process
peacebuilding
JEL: 
D22
D74
N96
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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