Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón was awarded with the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring his country’s half century old armed conflict to an end. This ongoing effort will leave an enduring legacy for generations of Colombians to come. President Santos, an LSE alumnus, will in this lecture share his experience in navigating the turning tides in the quest for peace and will offer his vision for post-conflict Colombia.
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (@JuanManSantos) was first elected President of the Republic of Colombia on 7 August 2010 and re-elected in 2014, for a four year term.
Throughout his public sector career, President Santos has held important ministerial roles. He was Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister, has been Minister of Finance and before being elected President, was Minister for National Defence. Prior to entering politics, President Santos was deputy director of El Tiemponewspaper, and wrote a weekly opinion column. He was awarded with the King of Spain International Journalism Award and named president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
Gareth Jones is Professor of Urban Geography, Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Centre, a part of the Institute for Global Affairs, and Associate Member of the International Inequalities Institute.
The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (@LSE_LACC) serves as a hub for inter-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and commentary about Latin America and the Caribbean.
LSE IDEAS (@LSEIDEAS) is a foreign policy think-tank within LSE's Institute for Global Affairs.
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