Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Successful international CAPAZ workshop on the peace process in Colombia with broad involvement of MPP students

Between 23th to 25th April of 2019, academics from Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom joined together at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy for an international workshop on “The Peace process in Colombia: Security reconfigurations and International Responses” within the framework of the Brandt School’s associate membership in the German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ. The workshop was organized by Juniorprofessor Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter as part of her research activities on post-conflict transformations in Colombia with the purpose of advancing an academic discourse on ongoing research projects and strengthening the network of academicians working on Colombia. Within the framework of the workshop, three Colombian MPP students in the area of concentration “Conflict Studies and Management Program” (CSMP) had the chance to present their ongoing master thesis projects on the substitution of coca crops, the reintegration of former FARC fighters and basic education as a tool of peace culture. Moreover, Brandt School alumnus and former PhD student Dr. Pablo Ramos from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá travelled from Colombia to participate in the Workshop and present his work on natural resource management.

As part of the workshop, on Tuesday 23th April, all students of the University of Erfurt were invited to a “Cáfe International” in Hörsaal 7, including a movie screening of the awarded documentary “Chocolate of Peace” and discussion with the director of the documentary Gwen Burnyeat (The full documentary is available to watch online). Also typical Colombian food and snacks were shared during the Café International such as “Arroz con Pollo” or Calenazo.

On Wednesday 24th, Andrei Gómez-Suarez gave a guest lecture on “Civil Society Support and Transnational Peacebuilding: Between Democracy Promotion and Political Interference” at the Willy Brandt School for all MPP students He is an associate researcher in Memory and Reconciliation in University of Bristol, Honorary senior research associate at the UCL Institute of the Américas and Founder of the Colombian academic network Rodeemos el Diálogo. He clearly showed to the students how changes at the top political level, namely the election of president Trump in the US and president Duque in Colombia negatively affected the implementation of the peace agreement at the local level.

The workshop was financially supported by the Leibniz foundation within the research network on “External Democracy Promotion” (EDP).

The complete program of the workshop can be found here.

The workshop was financed by the research network External Democracy Promotion and the Leibniz Foundation.