War and Peace in Colombia: Conflict and Reconciliation in Historical Perspective
Professor Mary Roldán
October 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
UNLV Boyd School of Law, Thomas & Mack Moot Court Room
In 2016, after more than four years of intense negotiation, the Colombian government and the FARC, Latin America’s oldest, revolutionary armed guerilla group, signed a historic Peace Accord to bring more than fifty years of conflict to a close. International organizations ranging from the Vatican to the United Nations have hailed the Colombian Peace Agreement as a ‘model’ for other societies grappling with the legacies of long-standing, seemingly intractable conflict, but consensus among Colombians around the Accords has been elusive. This talk explores the historical context and major issues around which conflict in Colombia has revolved since the mid-twentieth century, namely: land, governance, participation, security and citizenship, and the challenges and possibilities of achieving the goals of reparation, reconciliation and justice embodied in the Colombian Peace Accords.
Professor Roldán received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Latin American History from Harvard University. Read her full bio here.