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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service hosts the talk, "Colombia in Flux: The Challenges of Peacebuilding in the Midst of Violence and Insecurity" by Arlene B. Tickner, professor at the School of International, Political and Urban Studies at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, as a part of the Colombia: Past, Present and Futures working group. Moderated by Sonia Ospina (NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service)
Over three years after the signing of a historic peace agreement between the Colombian state and the FARC insurgency, the perspectives for building a lasting peace in the country continue to be elusive. Professor Tickner will discuss the main challenges that Colombia faces today, including the alarmingly high levels of violence committed by remaining violent non-state actors, including the ELN guerrillas, organized criminal organizations and dissident factions of FARC, and the lack of a security strategy attuned to peace building. She will also reflect upon how ongoing pressures from the Trump government in the United States to return to failed "drug war" policies of the past, combined with the Venezuelan crisis, cloud the path to peace even further.
About the Speakers:
Arlene B. Tickner is a professor at the School of International, Political and Urban Studies at the Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, with a Master's in Latin American Studies (Georgetown University) and a PhD in International Studies (University of Miami). Her main areas of research include security in Latin America, Colombian foreign policy and Colombian-American relations, and the sociology of knowledge in the field of International Relations with special emphasis on the global South. Her academic production on these topics add up to approximately 50 book chapters, edited books and books, and 25 articles in indexed journals, in addition to several dozen working papers. In addition to his academic work, Tickner publishes a weekly opinion column in El Espectador on various international topics. For the past several years, she has worked on two topics specifically related to the post-conflict and peacebuilding in Colombia. On the one hand, she has coordinated a series of multi-stakeholder workshops in Colombia on governance and security sector reform in the post-conflict context and participated as a co-investigator and academic coordinator of a research project on this topic coordinated by Nueva Granada Military University. On the other hand, she has authored several texts on international security cooperation in Colombia, as a post-conflict strategy for security sector reform.
Sonia M. Ospina (Moderator) is a Professor of Public Management and Policy at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a sociologist by training, and an expert in qualitative research. Her interest in the participatory, inclusive and collaborative dynamics of democratic governance has produced research on social change leadership, social innovation, and public accountability, both in the United States and in Latin America. Through a partnership with colleagues from Universidad del Rosario, she is presently working with Indigenous women leaders from Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Amazon regions in Colombia, to support their leadership and to develop insights about the theory and practice of collective leadership.
Her latest books are Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Conversation Across Perspectives (2012, co-edited), and Social Innovation and Democratic Leadership: Communities and Social Change from Below (2017, co-authored). In 2020 she co-edited a Human Relations Special Issue on Collective dimensions of leadership: Connecting theory and method.
Sonia co-founded the international network of leadership scholars, Co-Lead Net in 2015 and the Research Center for Leadership in Action in 2003, where she served as Faculty Co-Director until 2015. She is an elected Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Scientific Council of CLAD, a UN consulting body on state reform in Latin America, and a Board member of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA). She also served as President of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE) (2008-2010).
Born in the U.S. to Colombian parents, Sonia grew up in urban Bogotá, where she got a BA in Education and worked in this field until her return to the US. She has now lived more than half her life in another great urban space, New York City, where she and her husband raised their son. Sonia’s bi-cultural experience and her strong ties to both countries are embodied in her transnational and multicultural approach to life.
This event is part The Colombian Studies: Past, Present, and Futures initiative. This is a collaboration between scholars from NYU and Universidad del Rosario (URosario) in Colombia, which brings together NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in partnership with URosario’s Academic Vice-Provost Office, and the Peace, Conflict and Peace Research Center (Centro de Estudios en Conflictos y Paz). The goal of this collaboration is to raise awareness, deepen understanding and foster discussion among professors, students and community members interested in current challenges and opportunities affecting the peace process, democratic governance and sustainable development in Colombia.