Root of Conflict Podcast

Why are some places affected by violence and disorder while others enjoy peace and stability? From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, Root of Conflict analyzes violent conflict around the world, and the people, societies, and policy issues it affects. We meet with leading experts to discuss what can be done to create more peaceful societies.

This series is produced in partnership with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. 

Root of Conflict

01.27.20

Perspectives on the Colombian Peace Process

In August 2016, negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a historic agreement to end the civil conflict that had been fought in Colombia for over forty years. In an exclusive interview with Root of Conflict, Ambassador Sergio Jaramillo Caro, former High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia and lead negotiator of the talks between the Colombian government and FARC, discusses the lead-up to the negotiations and what has transpired in regards to the agreement since 2016. Additionally, Pearson Fellows Camila Perez (MPP '21) and Daniel Vallejo (MPP '21) share their personal experiences of how the peace process has changed the culture and atmosphere in their native Colombia.

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Root of Conflict

11.24.19

Finding the Narrow Corridor

Professor James Robinson (Pearson Institute Director and co-author with Daron Acemoglu of the bestselling book Why Nations Fail) sat down with Root of Conflict to discuss his new book "The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty." In his new book, he and his co-author explore how an incessant struggle between the state and society allows countries to enter a narrow corridor between despotism and lawlessness and to develop liberty and inclusive institutions. In a wide-ranging conversation, Robinson applied the theory of his new book to peace in Colombia, U.S. history, China’s use of technology to oppress citizens, and populist movements in Europe.

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