Although they have been limited in number for many years, exchanges with Colombia have been meaningful from a qualitative standpoint and are currently being intensified. The FMSH supported a project on women, violence, and sports. It also organized in Paris, with the collaboration of Beatriz Nates (University of Caldas in Manizales and holder of the Antonio Nariño Chair of Colombian Studies at the IHEAL), a highly successful study day on Colombia.
Since 2003, the FMSH has been hosting a young team, the Colombia of Today group, which, with the FMSH’s help, organized an international colloquium on “crops with illicit uses in the Andean region.” Following the FMSH’s preliminary commitment, other partnerships were forged with UNESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EHESS, and the Greens.
GAC regularly organizes conferences with members of civil society, politicians, and researchers working on analyzing and resolving problems specific to the Andean countries.
In addition, Colombia could serve as a springboard for becoming involved with other Andean countries, like Bolivia. The evolution of the political situation in this country presents an obvious interest for the social and human sciences in terms of their immediate relationship with this country’s development.
Starting in late 2007, the FMSH will fill the UNESCO chair on “Human Rights and Violence: Government and Governance” where it will collaborate with the Externado de Colombia University in Bogotá, the Pintoficia Católica of Rio de Janeiro, the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil, and the University Carlos III in Madrid.