Public Event cosponsored by the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Inter-American Dialogue

Colombia’s National Committee of Reparation and Reconciliation (CNRR) includes an investigative arm known as Historical Memory (MH). Historical Memory is charged with producing an account of the origins and evolution of Colombia’s internal armed conflict, giving special attention to the perspectives of victims. The team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines and is directed by historian Gonzalo Sánchez. MH’s work posits an essential link between the reconstruction of memory and democratic strengthening. In addition to producing a general narrative of violence—taking into account themes of gender, ethnicity, and political and social identities—MH is investigating several "emblematic cases," including the Trujillo massacre of 1990. The report on Trujillo is the first that MH has completed.

Speakers

  • Cynthia Arnson, Opening Remarks
    Director, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Gonzalo Sánchez
    Director, Memoria Histórica
  • Álvaro Camacho
    Research Coordinator, Trujillo Report
  • Verónica Gómez, Commentator
    OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Virginia M. Bouvier, Moderator, Closing Remarks
    Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
     
  • Michael Shifter, Moderator, Closing Remarks
    Vice President for Policy, Inter-American Dialogue

Related Publications

Colombia’s Imperfect Peace Could Provide a Roadmap for Afghanistan

Colombia’s Imperfect Peace Could Provide a Roadmap for Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

By: Belquis Ahmadi; Maria Antonia Montes

The Afghan peace process was jumpstarted in September 2018 when President Trump appointed Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation. Since then, Khalilzad has led 10 rounds of U.S.-Taliban talks, with negotiations focusing on two issues: ensuring the Taliban’s commitment to prevent transnational terrorists from using Afghanistan as a base for attacks, and a U.S. military withdrawal. As the search for peace in Afghanistan continues, what lessons can be learned from other peace processes that could apply to Afghanistan? Colombia’s imperfect peace agreement with the FARC is one especially relevant international reference point for Afghanistan—we explain why.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Peace Processes

Steve Hege on the Latest in Venezuela and Colombia

Steve Hege on the Latest in Venezuela and Colombia

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

By: Steve Hege

The crisis in Venezuela and increasing tensions between the Colombian government and the Maduro regime threaten the security of the region and the implementation of Colombia’s 2016 FARC peace accord. USIP’s Steve Hege discusses recent obstacles to implementation of that accord and how the U.S. can support a democratic transition in Venezuela.

Type: Podcast

Fragility & Resilience; Peace Processes; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

View All Publications