Sunday, August 23, 2015

Presentation: COHA Senior Research Fellow W. Alejandro Addresses Colombia’s National Police

"COHA Senior Research Fellow W. Alejandro Addresses Colombia’s National Police"
August 20, 2015
Bogota Colombia

On Thursday, August 20, COHA Senior Research Fellow W. Alejandro Sánchez gave a conference via Skype at the “Miguel Antonio Lleras Pizarro” Academy of Graduate Studies, part of Colombia’s National Police force (Policía Nacional de Colombia – PNC). The title of Mr. Sánchez’s presentation was: “Do Latin American Violent Movements Nowadays Have A Political Ideology?” In attendance were over 200 PNC officers.

Colonel Luis Ernesto García Hernández, the director of Colombia’s police academy, provided introductory remarks.

Mr. Sánchez has carried out in-depth research regarding the political ideologies (or lack thereof) and motivations of Latin American violent movements, past and present. Some of his articles on the topic include:

  • Alejandro Sánchez. “Give War a Chance Revisited – The Price to Pay: The Military and Terrorism in Peru.” Defense Studies. 2011. Volume 11, Issue 3. Pages 517-540.
  • Alejandro Sánchez. “Sangre Joven: Understanding the New Wave of Armed Groups in Latin America.” Security and Defense Studies Review: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Volume 12, No. 1 & 2. Fall-Winter 2011. P. 135 -153.
  • Alejandro Sánchez and COHA Research Associate Kimberly Bullard. “On Separatism in Latin America.” e-International Relations. May 20, 2013. Article available:
  • Alejandro Sánchez. “Defining Mexico’s Zapatista Army of National Liberation.” E-International Relations. October 22, 2012.
  • Alejandro Sánchez. “The End of Ideologically-Motivated Violent Movements in Latin America?” E-International Relations. September 24, 2012.

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