• Colombia Peace Forum: Paths to Reintegration


    Peace negotiators seeking to end Colombia’s five-decade-long conflict are beginning to tackle the final issues, including how to reintegrate former insurgents into civilian life. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace on Jan. 29 in a discussion of this vexing question with experts including a former negotiator at the peace talks in Havana.

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    As the parties in the talks prepare for their 32nd round of negotiations in early February, the key remaining issues to be resolved focus on establishing processes that ensure victims of the war will be able to secure their rights to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees that violations won’t be repeated. Another challenge regards negotiating how former combatants and their associates will make the transition back to civilian life, a process known as demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR).

    Two panels at this Colombia Peace Forum on Paths to Reintegration will analyze the successes and pitfalls of DDR processes from around the world, lessons from Colombia’s past reintegration efforts, and policy recommendations in a new report from the International Crisis Group (Read the report).

    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
    • Susan Reichle (Invited)
      Counselor, U.S. Agency for International Development
      Former Head of Mission, USAID in Colombia
    • Daniel Millares (TBD)
      Mission to Support the Peace Process, Organization of American States
    • Kimberly Theidon
      Senior Fellow, Latin America Program,  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    • Adam Isacson
      Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America
    • Julie Werbel
      Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

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