Americas in Flux: COLOMBIA
Join the Center for Latin American Studies, Mr. Daniel Avila, the Minister for Political Affairs and Acting DCM for the Embassy of Colombia to the United States, Dr. Virginia Bouvier and Dr. Dorly Castañeda for our second Americas in Flux Series Event: The Colombian Peace Process, What's Next?
Mr. Daniel Avila will share his unique perspective and extensive experience as a member of the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Colombia. Drs. Bouvier and Castañeda will share their expertise on peace building theory and practice to dissect the Colombian peace process and then sketch out Colombia's future trajectory.
Dr. Virginia Bouvier is senior advisor for Peace Processes at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). She joined USIP in January 2003 and has headed USIP’s Colombia team since 2006. She was second in 2012-13 to serve as a process design expert for the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts. For the previous seven years, she was an assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Maryland. From 1982 to 1989, Dr. Bouvier served as senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, where she focused on Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. She has also served as a consultant and research director for the Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas, a joint project of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Center for Research on Women, and as a consultant for USAID, UN-Women, World Bank, Levi Strauss Foundation, Levi Strauss and Co. and the C.S. Fund. Her areas of expertise include Colombia, mediation and peace processes, conflict analysis and prevention, civil society, and gender and peacebuilding. Dr. Bouvier blogs at Colombia Calls.
She is a graduate of Wellesley College, has an MA in Spanish from the Univ. of South Carolina, and earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin American studies.
Dr. Dorly Castañeda is an international consultant and current Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Since completing her PhD at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 2011, she has worked with a variety of institutions as a consultant on peace building processes with a particular focus on Colombia. She has consulted for the World Bank in Washington, CEPAL Colombia, Econometria Consultores, the Institut de Recherche sur les Politiques, l’Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (Iddri), and the French Ministry of Defense. Dr. Castañeda has also completed fellowships at Columbia University and Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular Programa Por la Paz (CINEP).
Dr. Castañeda is interested in applied research and operations related to peace building, security, social development, democracy and institutional building in fragile and conflict torn situations. She has experience working in multicultural, interdisciplinary teams in the United States, Europe, Africa and Colombia.
Mr. Daniel Avila, Minister for Political Affairs – Acting DCM Embassy of Colombia to the United States. Minister Davila was sworn in as Minister for the Embassy of Colombia to the United States on July 21, 2014. He previously served as Director of the Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines in Colombia from 2011 to 2014, responsible for coordinating national policy on comprehensive action against antipersonnel landmines, including humanitarian demining. Minister Avila has been a member of the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Colombia for 20 years and currently holds the rank of Minister Plenipontentiary. He has held several posts in Atlanta, Jamaica and Switzerland. Minister Avila studied Communications and Interpersonal Relations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the United States. He earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the Javeriana University in Colombia. In 1996, he undertook a year of training in the Diplomatic Academy of San Carlos in Bogotá, and is a Fellow of the United Nations Disarmament Program.
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