Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 5:00pm EDT March 29, 2016

Peace in Colombia: An End to the World’s Longest War?

After decades of violence, is the Colombian civil war nearing its end? Colombia’s decades long civil war has pitted the government, paramilitaries, narcos, and several revolutionary groups against one another, killing more than 220,000 and displacing millions. After numerous failed attempts at peace, the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are nearing the end of their peace negotiations in Havana. Join esteemed expert on Colombian politics, Harvey Kline, for an illuminating discussion on the negotiations and prospects for peace in Colombia.

Harvey F. Kline is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Alabama. He is the author of numerous books (nine of them on Colombia) including Colombia: Democracy Under AssaultA Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and DevelopmentHistorical Dictionary of ColombiaShowing Teeth to the Dragons: State-Building by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, 2002-2006, and Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana, among others. His latest book, Fighting Monsters in the Abyss: The Second Administration of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez, was published with University of Alabama Press in 2015. He has taught at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá with grants from the Fulbright-Hayes Commission.