Forum: Land conflict on Indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories

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Date(s) - 07/28/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am



Speaker: Gary Burniske

The talk will focus on the use of alternative dispute resolution methodologies to resolve land conflict on indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories in the Darien region of Colombia. Land conflict is the major cause of the 50 year plus Colombian armed conflict, with minority groups being particularly targeted in violence. Our program had a tremendous impact on Colombian government policies in the way they approach land conflict, and paved the way for the Peace Accords signed three years ago.


Gary Burniske is Managing Director of Purdue’s Center for Global Food Security.  He is responsible for managing the Center and collaborates with Purdue’s faculty and scientists to take a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling global challenges affecting food security.  Fluent in five languages, he has 35 years of experience in international development covering 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union. Holding senior level technical and managerial positions with humanitarian organizations and international public

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