Tuesday 19 May 2015, 18:30 - 20:00

Colombia's Time for Peace

With Jean-Pierre Gontard

Former mediator in Colombia

Venue: Auditorium A2, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2 

ColombiaHoy.PNGAfter half a century of armed conflict, a successful negotiation of a lasting Colombian peace agreement seems more likely than ever. In spite of occasional setbacks, conflict has deescalated as the parties have come together since the current peace talks began in 2012. Observing the country’s past, present, and future, the panellists will discuss whether it is finally Colombia’s time for peace and the challenges that may lie ahead in a post-conflict scenario.

This conference is based on the recent publicationColombia Hoy by the Swiss Society of Americanists. This edited volume analyses Colombia’s societal and political changes over the past 25 years and how these affect the society today. The panel will take a multi-disciplinary approach to understand Colombia’s experience with the on-going peace talks as its central point of reference.

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  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Jean-Pierre Gontard, Former Swiss peace mediator in Colombia
  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Enzo Nussio, Post-doctoral researcher, Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University
  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Liliana Soler, Academic Coordinator for Latin America at the Graduate Institute’s DPP programme
  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Stefania di Iulio, Musicologist, University of Geneva
  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Juan Fernando Palacio, Researcher at EAFIT University in Colombia, PhD candidate at University of St. Gallen


  • 0px 3px no-repeat;">Claude Auroi, Honorary Professor in Development Studies, Graduate Institute, President of Swiss Society of Americanists

The discussion will take place in both French and English and will be followed by an apéro.

This event is jointly organised by the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, the Swiss Society of Americanists, and the Association of Colombian Researchers in Switzerland

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