Drug Trafficking and Colombia’s Peace Process

May 13, 2014 // 9:00am12:30pm

Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are continuing in Havana, focused now on the issue of a "solution to the problem of illicit drugs." The formal agenda for the negotiations includes crop substitution, participatory rural development, and more broadly, a "solution to the phenomenon of the production and commercialization of narcotics." What is the overall situation of drug cultivation and trafficking in Colombia? What is the FARC's role in various aspects of the drug trafficking chain? If an agreement is reached, how will the dynamic of drug trafficking in Colombia change in the post-conflict era? How does the regional debate over alternatives to the so-called "war on drugs" affect potential outcomes at the peace table?



9:00-9:15         Welcome and Introduction   

                       Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program

                      Sergio Guarín, Fundación Ideas para la Paz

9:15-10:45       Overview

                      Bruce M. Bagley, University of Miami

                      Panel I: Perspectives on Drug Cultivation, Trafficking, and the                                                        Challenges for the Peace Table

                      Pascual Gaviria, El Espectador

                      Rafael Guarín, Former Vice-Minister of Defense

                              Moderator: Cynthia J. Arnson, Wilson Center

10:45-11:00     Coffee Break

11:00-12:30      Panel II: The Drug Economy and the Role of the FARC

                      Daniel Rico, University of Maryland

                      Carlos González J., Colonel (ret.)

                     Angélica Durán Martínez, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

                              Moderator: Sergio Guarín, Fundación Ideas para la Paz                                                     

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