Making Peace…and Keeping It: Will Colombia’s Peace Accord Survive?
Takoma Village (6827 4th Street, NW in Washington, DC)
March 2, 2019
Adam Isaacson, Director for Defense Oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Julio Idrobo, Colombian economic development expert and member of the Colombia Human Rights Commission and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board
For some 50 years, the people of Colombia suffered through prolonged internal armed conflict. In November 2016, a Peace Accord was signed and many around the world rejoiced. But implementation of the Accord has faced an array of challenges, and developments in neighboring Venezuela have only added to the difficulties in moving the peacemaking process ahead.
Global Peace Services USA is pleased to convene a searching look at whither the Colombia Peace Process and its prospects going forward. Aiding us in understanding the path so far taken and possible future scenarios, are two men with deep personal investments in the success of the Peace Accord and its sustainability. From their respective vantage points, they will both share their special insights into how the Peace Accord has impacted on people’s lives on the ground in Colombia.
Please join us at Takoma Village at 6827 4th Street, NW in Washington, DC for an exploration with Adam and Julio of the celebrated Colombia Peace Accord, its durability and its future. Refreshments will be provided and there will be no charge for the event. Takoma Village is reachable by Metro’s Red Line and is right near the Takoma Metro station.
Kindly RSVP by email to or by phone to (301) 681-6968 by February 27. We look forward to having you with us for a lively exchange on lessons so far learned from the Colombia Peace Process and how they can inform peacemaking initiatives in other entrenched conflict zones.
June 17, 2017
Father Innocent B. Rugaragu, SJ, PhD
At a time of ongoing conflict and wars -- declared and undeclared across the world -- on June 17th, 2017, Global
Peace Services USA, had the good fortune to hear from a well-seasoned researcher and peace activist on promising
approaches to developing leadership for peace and reconciliation.
Father Innocent B. Rugaragu, SJ, PhD, a Jesuit priest from Kigali, Rwanda, met with members and friends of GPS
in the Washington, DC area to discuss the findings from his recently completed doctoral dissertation on Leadership
for Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Violent Sub-Saharan African Countries: Ethical Pragmatism. Fr. Innocent, who
was awarded his doctorate by George Mason University in May 2017, conducted extensive interviews as part of his
research -- meeting with leaders in a variety of fields in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa.
He assessed the many theories put forward to define the qualities for effective leadership -- with particular attention
to the qualities needed for furthering peace and reconciliation -- and developed his own theory, based on his
research findings, of ethical pragmatism as a critical leadership tool.
Fr. Innocent, who will be returning in July to Rwanda will be devoting his efforts there to establishing a center promoting leadership for peace and reconciliation, teaching and conducting research, as well as fostering community organizing by the poor and those in need. Fr. Innocent will also be devoting his considerable energy to continuing his Jesuit spiritual and ministerial work in the priesthood.
The Paris United Nations Conference on Climate Change: Accomplishments and Future Challenges
American University (AU) School of International Service (SIS)
April 5, 2016
Elliot Diringer, Vice President of Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Dr. Helen Mountford, Director of Economics at World Resources Institute
Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank Group
William Nitze, Chairman of Oceana Energy Company
Panelists discussed the future of climate policy after Paris, with a special focus on the developing world, adaptation, and NGO influence. You can see full event coverage here: