Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali

Successful Citizen Security Initiatives in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali,
Colombia:  Are They Sustainable and Replicable?

Thursday, November 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sixth Floor Board Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Improvements in citizen security in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali, Colombia have been widely celebrated and these cities have become models of “best practices” for combating crime and violence in urban areas worldwide.  What explains these success stories and why have there been some setbacks?  A distinguished group of analysts and practitioners will identify the key policy initiatives undertaken at the municipal and national level in order to assess the sustainability of security gains and whether they are replicable in other settings.


9:00-9:15 a.m.:  Introductory Remarks                                     
          Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program

9:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Panel I – What Has Happened and Why?

          Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, Mayor of Cali
          Jorge Giraldo Ramírez, Universidad  EAFIT, Medellín
          Ariel Ávila, Corporación Arco Iris, Bogotá

11:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Panel II – Cross-Cutting Views: Lessons Learned, Sustainability, and Replicability

          Aldo Civico, Rutgers University
          Nathalie Alvarado, Inter-American Development Bank
          María Victoria Llorente, Fundación Ideas para la Paz

We hope you can join us for this critical discussion.  Please click here to RSVP or email, acceptances only, to lap@wilsoncenter.org.


Cynthia J. Arnson
Director, Latin American Program

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