Tonis joined USIP in January 2015 as a senior program assistant for the Latin America program and currently works on projects for global practice and innovation. Previously, she volunteered in Bogota, Colombia, teaching English as a foreign language with the U.S. nonprofit, World Teach. While in-country, Tonis taught University-level students,  staff and administrators at Universidad Minuto de Dios.

Though still an expert in training, Tonis has focused much of her attention to the Colombian Peace Process and is particularly interested in the forces behind the plight of millions of internally displaced persons in Colombia. She's also interested in education reform and its inclusion of historical memory, peace and mediation in school curriculum.

Tonis holds a post-graduate degree in Conflict Resolution from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia and a Bachelor’s of Arts 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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