Sergio Jaramillo Caro

Thursday, March 13, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Trustman Classroom (Littauer Building, room 150)
Harvard Kennedy School


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The Transition in Colombia
the Process to Build
a Territorial Peace

a presentation by

Sergio Jaramillo Caro

High Commissioner for Peace, Republic of Colombia

Mr. Jaramillo will give a first hand account of the negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla that are currently taking place in Havana, Cuba. He will also describe the structure and the conceptual framework behind the peace process, as well as the main challenges ahead, particularly the need to implement a model of a comprehensive "territorial peace" that combines peacebuilding and transitional justice measures, once a final agreement is reached.

Sergio Jaramillo is High Commissioner for Peace of the Government of Colombia. He was responsible for the secret negotiations that led to the signing of a framework agreement - “Acuerdo General para la Terminación del Conflicto” - between the Colombian government and the Farc guerrillas in August of 2012, and is now part of the government delegation involved in the current talks in Havana, Cuba.

He has been an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of diplomacy for peace (2000–1), and was political counselor at the Colombian embassy in Paris (2001–2). He was also advisor for political and strategic affairs at the Ministry of Defense (2002–3). From 2004 to 2006 he served as director of the Ideas for Peace Foundation in Bogotá. From 2006 to 2010 he served as Vice-Minister of Defense, in charge of security policy, human rights and international relations, among others. And from 2010 to 2012 he was National Security Advisor to the President of Colombia.

Mr. Jaramillo studied philosophy and ancient Greek at Trinity College, University of  Toronto, and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He has an M. Phil. in philosophy from Cambridge University and did post-graduate work in Greek at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is fluent in Spanish, English, German and French, and has a good knowledge of Italian and Russian.

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