The Colombian conflict, peace process and the recent return to hostilities

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Lecture theatre 315, Te Puna Aronui / Humanities Building (206-315)

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Join us for a discussion on the Colombian conflict, the peace process and the recent declaration of a return to hostilities by FARC.

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The Colombian conflict, the peace process and the recent declaration of a return to hostilities by FARC

Dr Alexandra Phelan ǀ Monash University, Australia

After years of protracted conflict, in 2016 the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a final agreement which was designed to bring about peace for the country. However recently on 29 August, former FARC leader Iván Márquez announced a return to arms and a “new phase of armed struggle”, abandoning the process alongside four top FARC commanders. What explains this return to conflict, and why are we seeing growing numbers of FARC dissidents? Dr Alexandra Phelan will explain progress since the peace agreement was signed, the complexities pertaining to its implementation and the extent to which both government and FARC have complied with key provisions. She will discuss recent developments and failed negotiations with the country’s second insurgency – the ELN – and how “FARC 2.0”’s interactions with the ELN could pose future challenges for Colombia’s security environment.

Dr Alexandra Phelan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security Centre (GPS). Her research at GPS focusses on integrating gender approaches in understanding terrorism and violent extremism. Her PhD dissertation examined why the Colombian government alternated between counterinsurgency and negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Based on an extensive examination of negotiation documents and primary FARC material, fieldwork and interviews with former and active FARC, ELN, M-19 and AUC members, she critically examined the role that insurgent legitimation activities had on influencing Colombian government response between 1982-2016. Immediately prior to commencing her postdoctoral fellowship, Alex was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service. She serves on the editorial board for the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and has a forthcoming special issue for the journal focusing on gender, women and terrorism.

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Lecture theatre 315, Te Puna Aronui / Humanities Building (206-315)

14 Symonds Street

University of Auckland

Auckland, Auckland 1010

New Zealand

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