Tonis Montes is a program specialist for the Inclusive Peace Processes and Colombia portfolios in the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. Tonis works with civil society organizations in Colombia that implement peacebuilding and reconciliation projects in conflict-affected territories. She also leads and supports a grassroots network of women mediators in Colombia. She has written on the role of youth in peace processes and on the status of the implementation of Colombia’s FARC accord on The Olive Branch.

Before joining USIP in 2015, Tonis taught ESL to university students and university administration at Universidad Minuto de Dios in Bogotá, Colombia. While in Colombia, she received her MA in Conflict Resolution from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Tonis also holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Wake Forest University.

Publications By Maria Antonia

Colombia War-Crime Prisoners Face Past, Plan Future

Colombia War-Crime Prisoners Face Past, Plan Future

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

By: Aubrey Cox; Maria Antonia Montes

The prisoners would be arriving soon and Adriana Combita, like a young teacher preparing to greet a new class, was nervous. This was not the first time that Combita, 26, had led a peacebuilding training with soldiers convicted of war-related crimes. But these were senior officers, commanders with master’s degrees, military officials who had lived abroad.

Education & Training; Human Rights

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By: Steve Hege; Maria Antonia Montes

A year ago today, hundreds of joyous Colombians and world leaders gathered in the humid coastal city of Cartagena as the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a comprehensive settlement that once had seemed unattainable. But while implementation of the accord continues generally in the right direction, it is often traveling a bumpy road.

Peace Processes

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