Edited by Rachel Sieder . Published 1998. ISBN 9781900039260
One of the longest and seemingly most intractable civil wars in Latin America was brought to an end by the signing of the Peace Accords between the Guatemalan government and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) in December 1996. The essays in this volume evaluate progress made in the implementation of the peace agreements and signal some of the key challenges for future political and institutional reform. The volume opens with a chapter by Gustavo Porras the government’s main negotiator in the peace process. The first section then examines the issue of demilitarisation. This is followed by aspects of indigenous rights in the peace process including conceptual frameworks for rights advancement the harmonisation of state law and customary law and the challenges of nation-state and citizenship construction. The next section examines issues of truth justice and reconciliation and assesses prospects for the Truth Commission. The volume closes with an analysis of different aspects of political reform in Guatemala including a contribution from Alonso Portillo elected president in 2000. In addition to the chapters themselves the book includes comments made on the chapters and developed in the debate which took place at the conference on which it is based.