In this blog post, Juanita Esguerra-Rezk argues that a "territorial peace" approach is needed to curb coca production in Colombia, opposing the militarized approaches proposed by the current government. It exposes evidence related to the health, environmental and social costs of aerial spraying of Glyphosate herbicide, and asserts that sustainable peace must be built through the recognition and empowerment of local communities. Read more »
Juanita Esguerra-Rezk is a Master of Global Affairs Student at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the intersection between peacebuilding, development and environmental issues. Prior to graduate school, Juanita worked for five years with the Government of Colombia and the European Commission Humanitarian Office supporting the reintegration of former combatants, reparations for victims of armed conflict in Colombia and humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and refugees. She is currently supporting the monitoring of the Peace Agreement in Colombia conducted by the Peace Accords Matrix affiliated to the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies.