Jan. 27, 2015
As representatives of the Colombian government and Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP) and their teams prepare for the 32nd round of negotiations to be launched on February 2nd, two substantive issues remain on their agenda. First, the parties need to establish processes that ensure that victims of Colombia’s decades-long internal armed conflict will be able to secure their rights to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees that violations won’t be repeated. A second item relates to the steps needed to end the conflict, including the mechanisms for setting aside arms and facilitating the transition of former combatants and their associates back to civilian life. While reforms in the security sector reforms are ordinarily an integral part of most peace processes, they are explicitly off the table in Havana, but they (and the implementation of any peace accords reached) will be an important part of the broader context of transitioning Colombia from war to peace.
The next session of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Colombia Peace Forum will address these themes in a program on “Paths to Reintegration” in Colombia. The event will take place at the U.S. Institute of Peace (2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037) on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 2-4:30 pm. Join us in person or virtually in real time (connect here), or join the conversation via Twitter at #ColombiaPeaceForum. RSVPs are required.
At this event, participants will engage with policy makers and discuss the successes, pitfalls, and challenges of DDR processes in Colombia. An initial panel will analyze Colombia’s past demobilization and reintegration efforts, and a second will discuss policy recommendations presented in a new International Crisis Group report, “The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict.” (Read the report here).
The program will feature:
- Virginia M. Bouvier
Senior Advisor for Latin American Programs, United States Institute of Peace
- Alejandro Eder
Former High Commissioner for Reintegration
Former Alternative Plenipotentiary at the Havana Peace Talks
- Mark Schneider
Senior Vice President and Special Adviser on Latin America, International Crisis Group
- Katie Kerr
Deputy Director-Colombia, International Organization for Migration
- Sandra Pabón
Team Lead, Reintegration and Prevention of Recruitment Unit, Office of Vulnerable Populations, U.S. Agency for International Development-Colombia
- Michael Duttwiler
Legal Analyst, Transitional Justice, Mission to Support the Peace Process, Organization of American States
- Kimberly Theidon
Senior Fellow, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- Adam Isaacson
Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America
Hope you can join us!