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Colombia at a Crossroads

  • Harvey F. Kline, an expert on the politics of Colombia, will speak at a Goldstein Program lecture on March 29.
    Harvey F. Kline, an expert on the politics of Colombia, will speak at a Goldstein Program lecture on March 29.
March 14, 2016
As an historic peace agreement in Colombia nears completion, Harvey F. Kline, an esteemed expert on the Latin American country’s politics, will speak about the path to this point and the chances for success.

With the potential end of more than five decades of armed conflict in Colombia imminent, Washington College’s Goldstein Program in Public Affairs is pleased to welcome one of the world’s leading experts on politics in the Latin American country. Harvey F. Kline will speak about the ongoing peace negotiations in Havana, Cuba, in his talk “Peace in Colombia: An End to the World’s Longest War?” on March 29.

Starting at 5 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, the event is free and open to the public. The timing could not be more ideal, since the peace talks that began in 2012 between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government may culminate as early as March 23.

Kline is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama, where he taught for 25 years. He received his BA in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

A prolific student of Colombia, with nine of his published books focusing on the conflicted country and its politics, Kline first traveled there in 1964 as an undergraduate exchange student at the Universidad de Antioquia. He returned to Colombia in 1968 to work for two years as a professor at the Universidad de los Andes as a Fulbright-Hayes scholar. He has returned to the Universidad de los Andes six times since, twice with Fulbright Scholarships, teaching or conducting research.

Kline’s most recent book, Fighting Monsters in the Abyss: The Second Administration of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez (University of Alabama Press, 2015) explored President Uribe Vélez from 2006 to 2010. The book “captures the complexity of the 2006 to 2010 period in a way that Álvaro Uribe’s many detractors and hero-worshippers rarely do,” says author Adam Isacson. “Harvey Kline’s painstaking research allows him to arrive at honest, balanced conclusions, which make this an important book.”

Washington College’s Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, student participation in models and conferences, and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy. For more information on this panel, visit the event page at http://ow.ly/Y5QlC.


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