UPB Live: Pandemic, armed conflict and peace processes around the world

UPB Live: Pandemic, armed conflict and peace processes around the world

The School of Political Science at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín (UPB), one of the CAPAZ-associate universities is soon to hold its next UPB Live online meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflict and peace processes around the world.

The online discussion will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in Colombia and will be broadcast live on Youtube UPB Colombia

The discussion will be moderated by the professor and coordinator of the PhD in Political and Legal Studies at UPB, Porfirio Cardona, who will be joined by James Meernik (University of North Texas), María Soledad Rueda García (ICRC), and María Elisa Pinto García (Fundación Polongar).

Review of the event

COVID-19 has plunged us into a health and humanitarian crisis, with devastating effects on the economy and peace processes worldwide, as well as authoritarianism and restrictions on freedoms with excessive use of force by legal authorities and illegal groups. In the midst of the demand for a ceasefire, more state presence, security guarantees for former combatants, human rights defenders, social leaders, protection of victims and vulnerable communities, massacres, illegal crops, the criminal economy, dissidence from guerrilla groups, territorial control, among others, have increased in these times, adding to the pressure of the consequences of the pandemic, and jeopardising further progress on peace. The objective behind this virtual discussion is to analyse this situation from a comparative perspective, highlighting the particular scenarios of the armed conflict and social inequalities.

Note: This event is not directly organised by CAPAZ. For more information, please contact the organising school or unit directly.

(NW Text: event organisers, Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)