Articles | Volume 75, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 75, 285–306, 2020

Special issue: Contested urban territories: decolonized perspectives

Geogr. Helv., 75, 285–306, 2020

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(Re)claiming territory: Colombia's “territorial-peace” approach and the city

Angela Stienen

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Short summary
The Latin American debate on territory is observed through the lens of the territorial-peace approach in the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas in 2016. The rural bias of this approach is confronted with territorial peacebuilding in Colombia's second city, Medellín, back in the 1990s. Extending this approach to urban contexts requires distinguishing between territorial peace as a political project and as an unpredictable process of territorialisation.