The Battle for Peace: Juan Manuel Santos in Conversation with Jonathan Powell and Joaquín Villalobos

Join the former President of Colombia, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and OPHI Visiting Professor, Juan Manuel Santos, who will be discussing his latest book La batalla por la paz  with Jonathan Powell and Joaquín Villalobos, former international advisers to the Colombian peace process.  The meeting will be chaired by Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó, Director of the Latin American Centre, and William Golding Senior Research Fellow of Brasenose College.


The book is only available in Spanish at the moment but the conversation

will be in English. Open to all, no registration required.





Former President Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for bringing the long-standing armed conflict with the FARC guerrillas in Colombia to an end. Before his career in public service, he was a journalist and also served as the Deputy Director of the newspaper El Tiempo. He has been President of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) and has published several books including La tercera vía: una alternativa para Colombia, co-authored with Tony Blair, and Jaque al Terror, in which he described his strategy against the FARC guerrillas during his tenure as Minister of Defence. In La batalla por la paz (The Battle for Peace), Santos describes the challenges of leading a peace process that many in Colombia and around the world thought would never succeed.  

Co-organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Department of International Development and the Latin American Centre, hosted at Brasenose College.