Now the war is over, academia has a special role to play in securing the peace.
A court decision securing last year's peace deal and a new ceasefire have invigorated Colombia's peace process, but there are plenty of ways it could still go wrong.
The last time the FARC joined in democratic politics, thousands of its members and leaders were murdered. Will this time be different?
As Colombia seeks to rebuild after fifty years of armed conflict, an emerging conservationist movement is linking lasting peace to healthy habitats.
Ending violence is only a first step. Research from Colombian universities sheds light on the role of education in peace-building.
Popular protest is on the rise globally, particularly in places with deeply entrenched inequalities.
It is vital for people to demand transparency, but when popular outrage is manipulated for political purposes, democracy suffers.
Colombia's FARC guerrillas have officially laid down their weapons. How will these former fighters fare in the group's transition from Marxist rebellion to political party?
Colombia's plan to turn coca-leaf farmers into coffee growers has a fatal flaw: the market.
The world will be watching the country's courts.
Delays in setting up disarmament camps for former guerillas have cast doubt on the Colombian government's commitment to peace. But the real problem is its national history.
What can Colombia can learn from other nations' transitions, both successful and unsuccessful, from war to peace?
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.
Conflict resolution across the world frequently leaves LGBT citizens behind.
From the yellow butterflies of his 'Hundred Years of Solitude' to his Nobel acceptance speech, author Gabriel García Márquez remains ever present in his country's peace process.
Of many ways to make fundamental decisions in a constitutional democracy, Colombia and Great Britain chose the riskiest of all options: the plebiscite.
The voters may have said no to the deal struck with the FARC, but Juan Manuel Santos and his fellow negotiators intend to keep going.
Why would anyone award a prize to a rejected peace deal?