John Lindsay-Poland

John Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. This site includes links to his past and present work in these areas.


I am finishing a book, to be published by Duke University Press in 2018, on the role of the U.S. government and activists in the war in Colombia, which takes as its starting point the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and the massacre that occurred there in 2005.


FOR Peace Presence

FOR Peace Presence provides safety, visibility and political solidarity to groups in Colombia working for justice and peace and at risk from political violence. It grew out of a program begun in 2002 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. It has teams in Bogotá and in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. I currently serve as a researcher and advisor.

Colombia Accompaniment Study

Nonviolent Peaceforce commissioned case studies of unarmed civilian protection in three countries to lay the groundwork for an international conference on the subject in 2016. I coordinated the study of accompaniment in Colombia.

Presbyterian Church Drug Policy Task Force

The Presbyterian Church USA adopted an overture to form a two-year study group that is holding hearings in four US cities in 2015, develop a report and recommendations, and produce a curriculum and suggestions for local advocacy within the church. I served as the task force coordinator.

Militarism Watch

Militarism Watch is the trial name for a project in development to strengthen skills for researching militarism in the service of advocacy and activist campaigns.

The project began as a program of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and you can see webinars and tools for researching militarism at the former program site.