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Peace Agreements, Democracy, and Civil War in Colombia

  • Abbey Steele (University of Amsterdam)
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Wijnhaven 348

About the lecture

Past attempts to reach peace agreements in Colombia instead led to an intensification of the civil war. Surprisingly, the democratic reforms adopted following the first negotiation in 1982-1986 were the trigger for new forms of violence. Additional decentralization reforms in the 1990s further expanded the regions where armed groups were active in the country. Democratization in Colombia, then, led to increased violence, and strengthened armed groups who in turn undermined democratic institutions through capture. These insights have important implications for the study of wartime democratic governance and state building, relevant both for the recently signed peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC, and for cases beyond Colombia.

About the speaker

Abbey Steele is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a post-doctoral fellow with the Empirical Studies of Conflict group at Princeton University, and an associate of the Order, Conflict, and Violence program at Yale University. Her current research studies civilian displacement and resettlement during civil wars, and state-building efforts in Colombia.

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About the seminars:

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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Prof. dr. M.O. Hosli (coordinator)

Dr. J.J. Kantorowicz

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