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Colombia's Unfinished Battles: armed conflict and narco-trafficking

Thursday 13 March, 9.30am-7pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 9.30am-12pm
New Theatre, East Building, 1.30-3pm and 5-7pm

The Colombian Society has brought together members from academia, government and civil society to discuss the various dimensions of Colombia's internal armed conflict in a day-long seminar on at LSE on Thursday 13 March.

Colombia's Unfinished Battles: armed conflict and narco-trafficking will cover a historical perspective of the conflict, its transformation due to the incidence of narco-trafficking funding of illegal groups, the conflict's economic costs, governmental policies and military strategies to confront illegal armed groups and the international dimensions of the conflict.

Speakers include:

  • Andres Pastrana, former president of Colombia (1998-2002)
  • Juan Carlos Echeverry: former Minister of Economic Planning and dean of the Economics Department, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Bernardo Ortiz: former Vice-Minister of Defence, Colombia
  • Michael Reid, Americas Editor, The Economist; Sir Keith Morris, former ambassador to Colombia (1990-1994)

Professor Anthony Giddens, director of LSE, will give an opening address at the first session at 9.30am in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

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To reserve a press seat or for further information, email the Colombian Society at su.soc.colombian@lse.ac.uk| or call 07729 845570 or 07815 046107 or contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060, email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

5 March 2003

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