Washington DC Seminar: The Colombia Peace Process After Two Years

Time: June 11, 2019, All Day

Location: Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington DC Office, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 120, Washington DC, 20036

What can the Colombian peace accord implementation process teach us about supporting stabilization and peace processes around the world? Join us for a two-day seminar assessing the Colombian peace process after two years and the role of Notre Dame’s Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) program in monitoring and supporting implementation. 

The program will include presentations by Colombian and United States experts on the current status of accord implementation, based on the PAM team’s April 2019 report. 

Expert panelists will address transitional justice issues and victims’ rights, effective security guarantees and community protection, and land reform and integral rural development.

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This event is an initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs, Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, The Woodrow Wilson Center Latin American Program, and The Office of International Justice and Peace, US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Additional speakers are forthcoming. 

June 10, 2019

2:00 p.m.: Opening Panel: The Colombia Peace Process After Two Years

  • Emilio Archila, Colombian High Presidential Counsellor for Post-Conflict and Stabilization
  • Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao, Director of the Pastoral Social, Colombian Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Bernard W. AronsonCo-Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments LLC and former special envoy to President of the United States for Colombian peace talks
  • Pete Marocco, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State United States Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • A presentation on the latest findings of the Kroc Institute's Peace Accords Matrix in Colombia

3:00 p.m.: Coffee Break

3:15 p.m.: Responses

  • Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, The Wilson Center
  • Adam Isacson, Director for Defense Oversight, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
  • Madhav Joshi, Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Jason Quinn, Research Associate Professor, Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Raul RosendeVerification Director, United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

5:30 p.m.: Reception

June 11, 2019

8:30 a.m.: Registration

9:00 a.m.: Welcome

  • David Cortright, Director of the Peace Accords Matrix and Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

9:10 a.m.: Victims' Rights, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice

  • Douglass Cassel, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame
  • John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • James Meernik, Professor of Political Science, University of North Texas

10:30 a.m.: Security Guarantees, Reincorporation, and Community Protection

  • Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, Colombian Defensor del Pueblo/Ombudsman
  • Carolina NaranjoRepresentative of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Barometer Initiative in Colombia
  • Respondent: Jennifer Schirmer, Harvard University

11:45 a.m.: Land Reform, Territorial Peace, and Rural Development

  • Emilio Archila, Colombian High Presidential Counsellor for Post-Conflict and Stabilization
  • María Victoria Llorente, Fundación Ideas para la Paz 
  • Respondent: Stephanie Burgos, Government Affairs Associate Director for Latin America, Land Rights and Trade, Oxfam

1:00 p.m.: Final Remarks

  • Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao
  • John Paul Lederach

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