Colombia's President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (center) makes the victory/peace sign with wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez after voting in the referendum on a peace accord to end the 52-year-old guerrilla war between the FARC and the state on Oct. 2, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is being honored for his work on a peace accord with the Marxist rebel group known as the FARC. The deal was signed two weeks ago but was rejected by the Colombian people who voted against it last Sunday.

Still, the Nobel Committee said that doesn’t mean the peace process is dead. The peace accord is supposed to end a nearly 50-year war that has killed more than 200,000 people.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with the Wilson Center’s Cynthia Arnson, who went to Colombia for the peace accord signing ceremony.


Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American program at the Wilson Center. She tweets @cindyarnson.

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