Center for Latin American Studies Academic Conference: <i>Civil War and Peacemaking in Colombia</i>
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Nov. 9, 2004 Press Contact: William Harms
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Center for Latin American Studies presents Civil War and Peacemaking in Colombia

    Additional Contact: Contact: Patrick Eccles


Colombia's long-lasting civil war has in recent years entered new stages that still need to be rigorously examined and discussed. A four-decade long armed conflict, one of the oldest in the world, it raises baffling questions for scholars of different disciplines and regions. Has the nature of the civil war changed over time following the lead of Colombias socio-economic development and political competition? How have these dynamics affected the very nature of the armed actors, including their organizational structures and strategic choices? How do these developments bode for future efforts at peace-making? All of these questions are bound to become increasingly relevant as the disarray of Colombia's party system achieves new heights, its economy grapples with increasingly hard fiscal realities and the US's drug-interdiction policy becomes more assertive, both domestically and externally.

While the US aid program known as Plan Colombia is set to end next year as the country closes 40 years of unresolved internal conflict, Colombia's president Uribe is beginning to implement his own Patriot Plan calling for ambitious and long-term military objectives against "Latin America's oldest and largest guerrilla army."[1] In this way, the idea of addressing matters peacefully wavers amid harsh realities. Despite the particularities of the Colombian setting, it displays similarities with that of other countries undergoing civil war. The conference aims to bring together scholars of conflicts from around the world to identify similarities and difference that will shed new light on the questions above.

Zachary Elkins, University of Illinois
Andreas Feldmann, University of Chicago
Jeffrey Goodwin, New York University
Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
Luis Medina, University of Chicago
Carlos Nasi Lignarolo, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Frank Safford, Northwestern University

Saturday, November 13, 2004
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

University of Chicago
International House
Home Room
1414 E. 59th Street

This academic conference is organized by the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies, and co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program. The event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the office of programs and special events at the International House in advance at 773-753-2274.
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