Explore Coordinated Stabilization & Peacebuilding in Colombia This Summer!

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Why Colombia?

In 2016, with the signing of a peace agreement, over 50 years of conflict between the Colombian government and FARC came to an end. The country is working to implement the peace agreement and the transition to peace is ongoing. Colombia is currently facing many challenges, such as exacerbated polarization, but is also opening opportunities for a collective consensus for peace and reconciliation. Therefore, the 2019 Colombia Symposium on Coordinated Stabilization & Peacebuilding will provide participants with a unique opportunity to witness history from the front row as they study peacebuilding in a transitioning country.

The 2019 Colombia Symposium will bring together carefully selected international participants and an unparalleled team of international and local experts. The Symposium will provide 16 days of advanced training on security, governance, rule of law, economics and social well-being in stabilization environments. Participants will be able to identify best practices currently emerging in Colombia and compare them to current practice in South Sudan, Syria, and others. Guided by national and international leaders in thought and practice, participants will engage in a mix of lectures, discussion groups, site visits, and experiential exercises to apply knowledge and skills to simulated real-life scenarios. Included in the list of influential faculty members are  three keynote speakers: Father Francisco De Roux, the President of the Colombian Truth Commission; Dr. Eduardo Pizarro Leongómez, a Presiding Member of the National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation of Colombia (CNRR) as a delegate of the Vice President of Colombia from 2005-2009 and member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims; and Father Leonel Narváez (PhD), President of the Fundación para la Reconciliación.

In addition, the Symposium will include exclusive admission to a concurrent two-day, invite-only, 300+ person national-level forum, called “the most important stabilization event in Colombia this year” by senior-level military leadership. Symposium participants will interact directly with Colombia’s top leaders in government, military, academia, business, and civil society as they collectively chart a coordinated path forward for peace in the country.

The Symposium will be held at the Cavalry School located at the foothills of the Bogotá Mountains. The Calvary School transforms the minds and culture of young soldiers within the principles of military doctrine, including respect, organization and leadership, with a special focus on engagement in science, technology and international relations. It is therefore a perfect environment to foster discussion and cooperation across cultures and toward peace.

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