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Saving Colombia's Fragile Peace

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Reception 4:30 p.m., Lecture at 5:00 p.m.
Globe Auditorium
Center for Global Engagement
Global and Multicultural Engagement Building
110 S. Woodward, FSU Campus

The Broad International Lecture Series, in partnership with the Center for Global Engagement, presents a talk by Adam Isacson, Director for Defense Oversight at WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas.

A little more than a year ago, Ivan Duque was sworn in as president of Colombia after running a campaign predicated on making changes to the historic 2016 peace accords between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Isacson's talk will address Colombia’s peace accord implementation and the effect of Venezuela’s crisis.

Adam Isacson has worked on defense, security, and peace-building in Latin America since 1994. He now directs WOLA’s Defense Oversight program, which monitors U.S. cooperation with Latin America’s security forces, as well as other security trends.

Isacson accompanies WOLA’s Colombia program on peace and security issues. This country has been a central focus for his work, as Colombia has been the primary recipient of U.S. security assistance in the Western Hemisphere since the early 1990s. Monitoring U.S. aid and advocating for peaceful resolution to Colombia’s lengthy armed conflict has led him to visit Colombia more than 70 times. He has done work in 24 of the country’s 32 departments.

Before coming to WOLA in 2010, Isacson worked on Latin America demilitarization at the Center for International Policy (CIP). There, he joined with Latin America Working Group and WOLA in creating a longstanding project that monitors U.S. military assistance to the region. With contributions from WOLA, that project continues at CIP, covering the whole world, as the Security Assistance Monitor.

A prolific writer and coder, Isacson has produced more than 250 publications, articles, book chapters and policy memos over the course of his career. He has created several websites, from blogs to standalone web apps. He hosts WOLA’s podcast, Latin America Today and speaks to about 20 audiences per year, from universities to grassroots gatherings to government agencies. He has testified eight times before the U.S. Congress.

At the start of his career, in the mid-1990s, Isacson worked on the Central America Demilitarization Program at the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in Costa Rica. he holds an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. from Hampshire College.