LAII Lecture Series: Michael Weintraub - Securing Peace in Colombia: Beyond the Failed Referendum
||1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
||Zimmerman Library, Willard Room
||Please join us for a presentation with invited scholar Dr. Michael Weintraub as he discusses the difficulties of securing peace in Colombia. On October 2, 2016, Colombian voters opted to reject the final agreement painstakingly negotiated between the government and the FARC, the country's largest and oldest rebel group. While the bargaining that followed ultimately resulted in a revised agreement, which was ratified by Congress and is in the process of being implemented, a number of questions remain. Why did Colombian voters reject the best hope for ending nearly 50 years of civil war? What role do historical legacies of violence play in explaining why some communities rejected the deal while others voted in favor? What are the principal challenges for the successful implementation of the new agreement? What security challenges will Colombia likely face in the coming years? This talk will confront these questions, drawing on original research and with a view towards delineating specific public policy alternatives for the short, medium, and long-term.Michael Weintraub is an Associate Professor at the Escuela de Gobierno at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and an Assistant Professor (on leave) in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). Weintraub's research focuses on armed group behavior in civil war, politically-motivated violence, organized criminality, long-run historical legacies, electoral mechanisms in divided societies, and state-building. He has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Terrorism and Political Violence, Research & Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Critical Review. Weintraub received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2014 and has been a Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2013-2014) and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013).
||This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.