15th November 2022, 5:00pm to 6:30pm GMT
Did you know that 220,000 people lost their lives in the civil war in Colombia over 50 years?
Or that 5 million civilians were forced from their homes – the second largest number of internally displaced people?
Or that a peace agreement was signed in 2016?
Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño, who grew up in Colombia and has written extensively on the subject, will give a presentation and answer questions on:
Negotiating Peace in Colombia: What were the pivotal changes that needed to take place for progress to occur?
Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño is senior lecturer in International Relations, and Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
During her time as a student in Colombia, she interned on the Programme of Development and Peace of Middle Magdalena led by Francisco de Roux, the Jesuit priest who was to become the director of the Colombian Truth Commission after the peace process was signed between the Colombian Government and FARC guerrillas in 2016.
Catalina has been a full-time lecturer since 2001, first in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogata and since 2013, at Liverpool Hope University.
Her research interests focus on the area of political communication including relationships between states, civil society and media in the context of conflict and peacebuilding, and communication and international relations with an emphasis on Latin American politics.
She has written books, chapters and articles in English and Spanish on: the impact of event-driven news in the projection of US foreign policy in Colombia; the use of media by civil society organizations to foster democracy and human rights in Colombia and Latin America; the relationships between political and media systems, political and media debates regarding transitional justice in Colombia; and international cooperation, mediated diplomacy and peacebuilding in Colombia.
This event is free of charge, but contributions greatly appreciated, click here to donate (specifying Agenda for Reconciliation).
Qualities and Strategies of Peacemakers is a training programme of IofC UK’s Agenda for Reconciliation.
Peter Riddell has worked with Initiatives of Change (IofC UK) organising trust-building programmes between people of different faiths based on shared ethical values, in particular with people who have suffered due to Britain’s colonial legacy.
He is currently Convenor of IofC UK’s Agenda for Reconciliation programme, supporting refugees who wish to contribute to rebuilding their country of origin, with safe space for sharing, training and accompaniment.
He is also Coordinator of Learning to be a Peacemaker, a course designed by Imam Ajmal Masroor, on Islamic approaches to peacemaking for young European Muslims and their non-Muslim peers.
Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño is senior lecturer in International Relations, director of the MA in International Relations and Peace Studies, and Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University.