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Conflict and Peace in Colombia

17 May 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House London, UK


David Kilcullen, Chief Strategist, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US State Department (2005-06); Author, Colombia: Conflict and Convergence
Dickie Davis, Director General, Personnel, British Army (2013-14); Author, Colombia: Conflict and Convergence

Chair: Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, CMG, OBE, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House



After decades of violence and the ascendance of the FARC and ELN rebels, Colombia has experienced a relatively rapid turnaround in governance and security conditions over the past 15 years. The guerrilla groups have become seriously weakened and have participated in formal peace talks in Cuba.

Drawing on research featured in their new book A Great Perhaps – Colombia: Conflict and Convergence, David Kilcullen and Dickie Davis will examine the different tactics employed by the government to combat the guerrillas, extend government authority to the 75 per cent of the countryside where it was seldom felt, and revitalise the Colombian economy. They will discuss the history of the conflict and assess the country’s prospects for the future.