Confronted with civil war, local civilians typically either collaborate with the strongest actor in town or ﬂee the area. Yet civilians are not stuck with only these choices. Collectively defying armed groups by engaging in organized nonviolent forms of noncooperation, self-organization and disruption is another option. This monograph explores this alternative through sustained and organized civil resistance led by ordinary peasants against state and non-state repressive actors in Colombia’s longstanding civil war: the case of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó.
Read Masullo’s openDemocracy article “Villagers stand up for peace in Colombia’s civil war.”
Read “Campesinos colombianos que defienden la paz” (en español)
About the Author
Juan Masullo Jiménez is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI). He studied political science and sociology at Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia), and holds Master’s degrees in International Relations (International Peace and Security) from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and Political Science (Comparative Politics) from the Central European University (CEU). Juan is a recipient of the 2014 ICNC Monograph Award.