On the occasion of the release of "A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence", the Africa Center for Strategic Studies hosted a discussion to assess relevant lessons from the Colombian experience for Africa. The event took place on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the National Defense University.
Over the past two decades, Colombia has managed a dramatic turnaround in governance and security conditions. Fifteen years ago, Colombia was the most violent country in the world, suffering from widespread drug smuggling and criminality. Today, guerrilla forces have been seriously diminished, security has improved dramatically, and Colombia is a nation with a dynamic economy and progressive social agenda.
Many African countries face similar challenges to those of Colombia in the late 1990s - persistent insurgencies fuelled by criminal trafficking, limited governance presence, and socio-economic inequality.
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