What’s next after Gustavo Petro’s victory? Five opportunities and a challenge for german foreign and development policy, according to Stefan Peters
«Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez advocate political change. Their program combines demands for social justice in one of the most unequal countries in the world with a focus on socio-ecological transformation. Women and historically disadvantaged population groups are to receive special support. Other priorities include economic modernization, especially of agriculture, a clear commitment to the implementation of the peace agreement with the FARC, and the promotion of Latin American integration».
This is how CAPAZ Academic Director Stefan Peters introduces his article in the PRIF BLOG (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt). In it, Dr. Peters mentions and explains five opportunities and one challenge for German foreign policy in view of the political victory of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez in Colombia.
Among the opportunities for German international development policy, Professor Peters mentions, for example, the impetus that this new government would give to the peace process; his determined stance to combat climate change and protect biodiversity; a reorientation of the development policy making the fight against poverty and the reduction of inequalities a priority; and, finally, strengthening Latin America as a key player on the international political stage.
«For a German and European foreign and development policy on an equal footing, coupled with research, the new government offers a multitude of opportunities to support the pursuit of common goals to promote peace and sustainable development in a spirit of partnership» – Stefan Peters