55 Plus Lecture Series: A Return to War? Colombia’s Security Situation in Historical Perspective


03/19/2020
Date:  March 19, 2020
Topic:  A Return to War? Colombia’s Security Situation in Historical Perspective
Speaker:  Robert Karl, Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science

Less than 4 years after the historic peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC, Latin America's oldest insurgent group, optimism about Colombia's prospects for peace, justice, and rural reform has dissipated. This talk will place Colombia's major political and social conflicts in historical perspective, summarize the peace accord's current state of implementation, and explore the regional dynamics of violence that have altered Colombia's national political discourse and threatened local campaigns for democratic and economic inclusion.
 
Robert Karl is an expert on Latin American history and contemporary affairs. His publications on the intersection of peace, conflict, and society include Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia (2017). He is currently a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, and was previously Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University (2010-19).