ACIR is honored to host Dr. Jennie Lincoln, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the Carter Center and Professor at the Sam Nunn School International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Latin American politics and U.S.-Latin American relations. Dr. Lincoln will speak on the topic, "How Will Elections in Colombia Impact the Peace Accords that Ended a 52-year Civil War?"
In 2016, after five decades of war, the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace accord bringing to an end the last major war in the Americas. The war had cost an estimated 220,000 lives and tore at the social fabric of Colombia. Then President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
Yet the agreement faced stiff criticism from many of those who led efforts to hold FARC accountable for the atrocities that occurred during the insurgency, including most notably, Mr. Santos’ predecessor as president, Alvaro Uribe.
On June 17, 2018 Colombians elected Iván Duque Márquez. World leaders were quick to congratulate him on his victory. However, Iván Duque, a hardline conservative, has been a fierce critic of the peace accord. Come hear Professor Jennie Lincoln discuss the future of peace in Colombia and its implications for the United States.