UCL Institute of the Americas


Embracing Dialogue: Challenges for Civil Society Peacebuilding Initiatives

23 October 2018, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Colombian flags

Embracing Dialogue: Challenges for Civil Society Peacebuilding Initiatives. The Case of Rodeemos el Diálogo in the Colombian Peace Process (2012-2018)

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Per Engstrom – Institute of the Americas
020 7679 2000


51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Civil society is a key stakeholder in peacebuilding. This presentation reflects on the challenges for civil society peacebuilding initiatives by presenting a genealogy of the experience of Rodeemos el Diálogo Lets Embrace Dialogue— (ReD) in its historical context of the Colombian peace process (2012-2018). The talk is divided into five parts. First, it tells the story of how ReD was founded with the objective of offering ‘moral support’ to the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) when these started in their public phase in 2012, following six months of secret talks. Second, it con-textualises ReD’s early actions in the UK with developments in and around the negotiation.

While attendance at this event is free of charge places are limited and so registration is required to avoid disappointment.

About the Speaker

Andrei Gomez-Suarez

at University of Sussex

Andrei Gomez-Suarez is the author of Genocide, Geopolitics and Transnational Networks (Routledge, 2015) and El Triunfo del No (Icono, 2016). He has taught at the University of Sussex, the University of Los Andes, the University of Cauca, Externado University, and Alberto Merani Institute in Colombia. He is a founding member of Rodeemos el Diálogo (ReD), and has done consultancies for Conciliation Resources, the International Organisation for Migrations, and in Colombia, the National Centre for Historical Memory, the National Centre for Historical Memory, the Ombudsman's Office, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, and the Electoral Observation Mission. He has been associate researcher at the Universities of Oxford Sussex, and the Conflict Analysis Resource Centre in Bogotá. He has a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Sussex.