Distinguished Speaker Series with Sergio Jaramillo Caro

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Join us for an edition of The Pearson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series!

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How to Change a Society

Please join The Pearson Institute for an edition of our Distinguished Speaker Series as we welcome former Colombian High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo Caro for a conversation with Institute Director and University Professor James Robinson. In Colombia, a peace agreement was signed between the government and the FARC in 2016. But what are practical strategies for rebuilding legitimate authority from scratch? How long does it take, and what are the trade-offs? Mr. Jaramillo and Professor Robinson will reflect on these questions in the case of Colombia and beyond, as they discuss how to change a society.

About The Speaker

Sergio Jaramillo Caro served as Colombian High Commissioner for Peace from 2012-2016. He led the secret negotiations with the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and together with Humberto de la Calle, the public negotiations for four years in Havana. In 2016, the Colombian Congress approved a peace accord with the FARC, ending one of the world’s longest running conflicts. Mr. Jaramillo also oversaw the disarmament and demobilization process of the FARC, which ended in August of 2017 when the UN verification mission extracted the last container with weapons from a FARC cantonment area.

Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Jaramillo served as Vice Minister of Defense for Policy and International Affairs, where he sought to establish a state presence in violent territories throughout Colombia. Mr. Jaramillo has served in a wide array of government positions throughout his career, including as advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of the Diplomacy for Peace Program and as a political advisor at the Embassy of Colombia in France. In addition to his service in government, he was executive director of Ideas for the Peace Foundation.

Mr. Jaramillo studied philosophy and Greek at the University of Toronto and at Oxford University. He holds a masters in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and did for many years postgraduate work in Greek at the University of Heidelberg.

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