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IV Annual Academic Conference. March 2006

This year’s conference will concentrate on the changes Colombia has experienced in the last decade –or is still experiencing- in its economic, social and political spheres. The conference, titled: “Great Transformations - Colombia: Where are we headed?”, seeks to analyze and engage in constructive thinking about a series of significant reforms that have occurred in the past decade.

Colombia is currently facing critical issues which include: the elections under a new and reformed electoral system, structural changes to its public administration, a continuing –but yet changed- armed conflict with the demobilization of illegal armed groups, the prospect of future peace negotiations, the signing of the Free Trade Treaty with the United States, and the construction –or reconstruction- of national identity.

These great transformations, and their outcome will determine the country’s path for the future. Therefore, the Colombian Society wants to explore and analyze these changes in order to better grasp where the country is headed and understand if it is in fact an intended cohesive movement by all of the members of its society, and how can it be planned ahead for the impacts that these changes will bring.

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8:30 -9:00 Presentation (Room E171- New Theatre, East Building)

• Howard Davies. Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
• Alfonso López Caballero. Colombian Ambassador to the U.K.
• Roxana Buitrago, President of the LSE Colombian Society

9:00 -11:00 Main Transformations in the Economical Arena
(Room E171-New Theatre, East Building)

• Dr. Miguel Gomez Martinez (Colombian Ambassador to France)
• Dr. Martin Gustavo Ibarra (President of Araujo Ibarra & Asociados)

11:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 - 3:00 Main Transformations in the Social Arena
(Room G108, 20 Kingsway)

• Dr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo (Colombian Ambassador to Belgium)
• Dr. Matthew Brown (University of Bristol)

3:30- 4:00 Break

4:00 - 6:00 Main Transformations in the Political Arena
(Room G108, 20 Kingsway)

• Fernando Cepeda Ulloa (Universidad de los Andes)
• Fernando Carrillo-Florez (IADB)

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