It is vital for people to demand transparency, but when popular outrage is manipulated for political purposes, democracy suffers.
Two months after signing peace accords with the FARC guerrillas, Colombia is set to start negotiations with the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army.
An academic who has worked with the Colombian government says the path to peace was opened by improving quality of life for vulnerable populations.
The South American nation is poised to end its 52-year civil war after a halting peace process that has used the weapons of both war and democracy.
A week of extreme emotions in Colombia ends with a Nobel Peace Prize for its president. But will it help the country avoid descending back into civil war?
Why would anyone award a prize to a rejected peace deal?
Nobel Prize aside, Colombia continues to choose war over peace and uncertainty over resolution. Is it something ingrained in the national psyche, or the product of a tangled-up political process?