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This symposium brings together academics, practitioners, civil society and civic leaders to discuss the past, present and futures of Colombia. It sheds light on the country’s long experience with internal armed conflict, its recent effort to transition to a post-conflict stage, and the challenges and opportunities that the present juncture implies for the success of enduring peacebuilding efforts.
This event is presented as part of the Colombian Studies Initiative, Colombia: Past, Present, and Futures. 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.
Friday, November 20, 2020
11.00am to 12.30pm EST - Implementation of the Havana Peace Agreement: Achievements and Challenges
Since the government and the FARC signed the peace accord in November 2016, implementation of the six point settlement has confronted numerous obstacles in areas such as rural reform and democratization of land ownership, transitional justice, reinsertion and reintegration of ex-combatants, political participation of former guerrillas and marginalized social groups, human rights protection, illicit drugs and international UN monitoring. This panel will explore some key challenges that currently exist to implementing the peace accords as well as discussing possible strategies for overcoming them.
Moderator: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario.
This panel will be held in Spanish. English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
Carlos Andrés Prieto and Gerson Arias, Comisión de la Verdad
Juanita Villaveces, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Angelica Duran, UMASS-Lowell
Gimena Sanchez, Washington Office on Latin America
2.00pm to 3.30pm EST - The Persistence of Violence in Colombia
This panel will draw on contemporary and recent historical experiences to discuss substantive issues related to the persistence of violence in Colombia, including the consolidation of organized crime and the persistence of non-state armed actors; the multiple logics that govern the incidence of violence even after the peace agreement; and the importance of promoting political engagement after conflict. These phenomena are the core of the challenges that Colombia will face in the medium run to consolidate peace and promote citizens’ security. Invited speakers will base their interventions on the evidence they have collected as part of their Colombia-specific research and propose ways to address the actual and future challenges to reduce violence in Colombia.
Moderator: Juan Vargas, URosario
This panel will be held both in English.
Juan Carlos Garzón, Fundación Ideas para la Paz - FIP: “Organized Crime and Persistent Non-State Actors in Post-Agreement Colombia”
Ana María Arjona Northwestern University: “The multiple logics of violence”
Cyrus Samii, NYU: “Promoting Political Engagement After Conflict”
4.00pm to 4.45pm -- Happy Hour
By invitation only. Introducing the NYU-URosario Colombia Initiative.
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