On April 1996 in South Africa, Nelson Mandela told Juan Manuel Santos: “Without peace, Colombia can not take off”. Since then, and for twenty years – as a journalist, minister and finally president of Colombia – he set out to find peace in his country and to create proper conditions to made this possible.
Santos led the process of dialogue with the guerrilla group “FARC” and, in November of 2016 he accomplished the final signature of a peace agreement that allowed the demobilization and disarmament of this guerrilla. He not only faced the challenges of promoting a dialogue with adversaries that had fought against the state for over decades, but also the fierce opposition by his contradictory politicians. For Juan Manuel Santos persistence in this endeavor he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nowadays, the peace process in Colombia is studied as a model that teaches valuable lessons for the resolution of other conflicts that still subsist in the world.