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20 febrero, 2019

Armed Conflict, Resources, and Peacebuilding in Colombia

This course explores conflict dynamics and peace-building processes in Colombia. Students will learn the main concepts and theories from the academic literature on conflict onset, duration, and the dynamics of political violence, and apply that learning to the Colombian case to disentangle the complex conflict processes impacting the country. Students will also learn about state and societal responses to conflict including counterinsurgency, paramilitary violence, grass-roots peace efforts, and negotiated settlements with a particular focus on the 2016 peace agreement and its aftermath. Students will learn main concepts and theories from the peacebuilding and transitional justice literatures and apply theoretical frameworks to the Colombian case to better understand the politics of peace in Colombia and beyond.

Course Format and Teaching Methods

The course format will include lecture, experiential or service-learning, and in-class discussion. The course will be co-taught by faculty at the Javeriana University in Bogotá.
Class contact hours are 3 hours/day, 3 days a week for a total of 90 contact hours for 10 weeks. University of Arizona students will earn 6 units of course credit that counts toward Latin American Studies and/or Political Science and/or Anthropology major/minor requirements. Students will receive credit for POL/LAS/ANTH 348 (3 credits) and LAS/POL 395 (3 credits)
Contact hours will include lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and excursions. Excursions will vary between 2 hours and several days, depending on the location. These excursions are both linked to course content and included as part of the broader study abroad experience.

Academic Content

Part I. Armed Conflict

Week One, Colombia Historical Background (June 3-7)
--Frank Safford and Marco Palacios, Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society (Oxford University Press 2001), chapters TBA
Excursion: historical/anthropological tour. OPTIONAL. The students pay for the trasportation and aditional cost of the excursion.

Week Two, The Armed Conflict, 1964-present (June 10-14)
--Sarah Zukerman Daly, “Organizational legacies of violence: Conditions favoring insurgency onset in Colombia, 1964–1984” in Journal of Peace Research, 2012, Vol. 49(3) 473–491
--Gonzalo Sánchez G., “War and Politics in Colombian Society,” in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 14, No. 1, Colombia: A Nation and Its Crisis (Fall, 2000), pp. 19-49
LeGrand, Catherine C., “The Colombian Crisis in Historical Perspective,” in Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Vol. 28 No. 55/56 (2003), pp. 165-209 Javeriana Faculty/Guest Lecture:
Excursion: Grave yard tour. OPTIONAL the student pay for the transportation.

Week Three, Theories on Resources and War (June 17-21)
--Mats R. Berdal and David M. Malone (eds) Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars (Lynn Reinner 2000), pages TBA
--Omeje, Kenneth (ed) Extractive Economies and Conflict in the Global South: Multi-Regional Perspectives on Rentier Politics (Routledge 2017), pages TBA

Week Four, Drugs and Conflict (June 24-28)
--Svante, E. Cornell, “The Interaction of Narcotics and Conflict” in Journal of Peace Research, Volume: 42 issue: 6, 2005, pp. 751-760
--Vanda Felbab-Brown, “The Coca Connection: Conflict and Drugs in Colombia and Peru” in The Journal of Conflict Studies, Vol 25(2), 2005
--Bilal Y. Saab & Alexandra W. Taylor (2009) Criminality and Armed Groups: A Comparative Study of FARC and Paramilitary Groups in Colombia, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 32:6, 455-475
Gutiérrez Sanín, Francisco, ¿“Criminal Rebels? A Discussion of Civil War and Criminality from the Colombian Experience,” in Politics and Society (2004)

Week Five, Oil and Conflict (July 1-5)
----Terry Lynn Karl, The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States (University of California Press, 1997), pages TBA

  • Richani, Nazi, “Multinational Corporations, Rentier Capitalism, and the War System in Colombia,” in Latin American Politics & Society (2008)
  • John-Andew McNeish, Extracting justice? Colombia’s commitment to mining and energy as a foundation for peace” in The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol 21(4), 2017, pp. 50-51

Week Six, Conflict Dynamics (Persistence, Violence, Order) (July 8-12)
Juan F. Vargas, “The persistent Colombian conflict: subnational analysis of the duration of violence” in Defense and Peace Economics, Vol 23(2), 2012
-- Peter Waldmann: Is There a Culture of Violence in Colombia” in International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 1(1), 2007, pp. 61-75
-Arjona, Ana, “Institutions, Civilian Resistance, and Wartime Social Order: A Process-driven Natural Experiment in the Colombian Civil War” in Latin American Politics and Society, Vol 58(3), pp. 99-122

Week Seven, Counterinsurgency (July 15-19)
Fabio Andres Dias & Syed Mansoob Murshed, “‘Give War A Chance’: All-Out War as a Means of Ending Conflict in the Cases of Sri Lanka and Colombia”, in Civil Wars, Vol. 15(3), pp. 281-305
--Palacios, Marco, “A Historical Perspective on Counterinsurgency and the Colombia’s Peace Negotiations” in Geopolitics, Vol 23(2), 2018

PART II “War on Drugs” in Colombia

--Romero, Mauricio, “Changing Identities and Contested Settings: Regional Elites and the Paramilitaries in Colombia,” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 14, No. 1, Colombia: A Nation and Its Crisis (Fall, 2000), pp. 51-69
Gill, Lesley, “The Parastate in Colombia: Political Violence and the Restructuring of Barrancabermeja,” in Anthropologica, Vol. 51, No. 2 (2009), pp. 313-325
Excursion: Altos de Cazucá, Soacha, Cundinamarca. OPTIONAL. The students pay for the trip.

Weak Eight: Peace Processes (July 22-26)
--Chernick, Marc, “Negotiating Peace amid Multiple Forms of Violence: The Protracted Search for a Settlement to the Armed Conflicts in Colombia,”, ch. 6, pp. 159-195, in Cynthia J. Arnson, Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 1999)
Nasi, Carlos, “The Peace Process with the FARC-EP” Chapter 3, pp. 34-49 in Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón, Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Colombia: Transitioning from Violence (Routledge 2018)
-- Heriberto Cairo et al., “‘Territorial Peace’: The Emergence of a Concept in
--Final Agreement to End the Armed Conflict and Build a Stable and Lasting Peace
Excursion: Vistahermosa FARC community. (Vista Hermosa- Meta).
OPTIONAL. Before the course beggings, the students have to decide and pay for it directly to Javeriana University. Minimum required to do the excursion is 9 students.
Due date to make the decisión JUNE 10tH.

Week Nine: Peacebuilding ‘from below’ (July 29-Aug 2)
Pedro Valenzuela Gruesso, “Neutrality in internal armed conflicts: experiences at the grassroots level in Colombia (2009), Doctoral Thesis excerpts TBA
Philipp Naucke, “The Memory of Resistance: Historicity and Remembrance in a Colombian Peace Community” in The Latin Americanist, Vol 61(2), June 2017, pp. 145-168
Nadie Tapia Navarro, “A stubborn victim of mass atrocity: The peace community of San José de Apartadó” in The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 2018
Javierana Faculty/Guest Lectures: Special Speaker invited by Javeriana University.

Week Ten, Transitional Justice (Aug 5-9)
--Jemima García-Godos and Knut Andreas O. Lid, “Transitional Justice and Victims' Rights before the End of a Conflict: The Unusual Case of Colombia” in Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 42(3), August 2010, pp. 487-516

  • Diana Acosta-Navas and Carlos Felipe Reyes, “From combatants’ boots: Reincorporation and Reconciliation” Ch. 8, pp. 118-135 in Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Colombia: Transitioning from Violence (Routledge 2018)

-- Markus Schultze-Kraft, “Making peace in seas of crime: crimilegal order and armed conflict termination in Colombia” in Crime, Law, and Social Change, June 2018, Vol 69(4), pp. 475-496

Ficha Técnica

  • Fecha inicio:
    03 | 06 | 2019
  • Fecha fin:
    03 | 08 | 2019
  • Duración:
    96 horas
  • Inversión:
    $ 900.000
  • * Requisito: ser bilingüe *


4% por pronto pago en curso o diplomados, cancelando 30 días calendario previos a la fecha de inicio (acumulable con otros descuentos)

10% egresados, afiliados a Cafam y afiliados a IEEE

15% para grupos de 3 a 5 participantes en el mismo curso o diplomado

20% para grupos de 6 personas en adelante, y en el tercer curso o diplomado realizado consecutivamente

Forma de pago: Efectivo, cheque de gerencia, tarjeta de crédito (recibimos todas las tarjetas, cuenta de cobro).