When the president of Colombia shook hands with the leader of FARC, the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere was over, but ensuring peace after the official end of the fighting is never straightforward. Using examples from Northern Ireland, Argentina, and Chile, author Robin Kirk argues that a formal reckoning with the past can help a nation like Colombia heal, especially when a balance between retribution and absolution is found.
When the Shooting Stops: How Transitional Justice Turns Knowledge Into Acknowledgment
ROBIN KIRK is the author of “More Terrible than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia” (Public Affairs, 2003) and a former senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. She co-edits Duke University Press’ “World Reader” series, and teaches human rights at Duke University. She is currently at work on a book about confronting the past.
Robin Kirk; When the Shooting Stops: How Transitional Justice Turns Knowledge Into Acknowledgment. World Policy Journal 1 September 2016; 33 (3): 32–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3712993
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