Guest: Jean Daudelin, Associate Professor and MA Program Supervisor, Specialist in Latin American affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
About: It’s been an eventful few weeks – years rather – in Colombia. The government, led by President Juan Manuel Santos, recently put forward a referendum to gain popular acceptance of a peace deal with FARC, a radical left-wing guerrilla organization that has been waging a bloody civil war in the country since 1964. The referendum ultimately led to the peace deal being narrowly rejected by 50.21% of those who voted. The international community roared with praises and celebration only days before. Why was the peace deal rejected? What led FARC to come to the negotiating table in the first place? Jean Daudelin joins us once again as our resident Latin American expert to discuss the (almost) peace deal between FARC and Colombia, and what it could mean for other peace processes around the world.
Professor Daudelin teaches on development and conflict. He is a specialist of Latin America, particularly Brazil, Central America and Colombia, where he has researched religious movements, indigenous politics, urban violence, economic integration, and regional politics. His current research focuses on property rights and conflict, on Brazilian foreign policy and international relations in the Americas, and on crime and violence in Latin America.
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