The Role of Civil Society and Plebiscites in the Peace Processes in Guatemala and Colombia
Breakfast seminar organized by NorLARNet and Norwegian Peoples' Aid. The main speaker is professor Roddy Brett, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia.
Comments by John-Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Beate Thoresen, Norwegian People's Aid, and Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
Sign up for the seminar (free and open to all — breakfast (sandwiches) will be served)
In his talk, Roddy Brett will analyse in comparative perspective the forms through which civil society organisations participated in the Guatemalan peace process (1987-1996) and the current peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP. It seeks to understand how civil society actors engaged with said processes and the impact this had on negotiations.
The talk will also address the role played by plebiscites in both processes and how such a 'popular' vote shifted the trajectory of peacemaking and peacebuilding in both countries.
John-Andrew NcNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Beate Thoresen, Norwegian People's Aid
Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
Roddy Brett will also participate in two other events n the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the peace accord in Guatemala:
1 Dec.: Fred I Guatemala - 20 år etter
2 Dec.: Bokbad: møter med Guatemala
Roddy Brett is Professor of International Relations and Director, Doctoral Programme in Political and International Studies Facultad de Ciencia Política, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia. His fields of research include conflict and peace studies, political and other forms of violence, genocide studies, social movements, indigenous rights, democratisation and transitions. His work as a practitioner is in the fields of conflict analysis, indigenous rights, political violence and genocide, post-conflict reconstruction, and human rights.
He has published a total of eight books, including monographs and co-edited volumes, as well as articles on these themes. His most recent book is: The Origins and Dynamics of Genocide: Political Violence in Guatemala. Palgrave Mac Millan (2016).