The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) hosts “In Colombia, Peace Will Never Come: The Transnationality of the National Security State,” featuring UNM Anthropology Professor Les Field on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the LAII Conference Room. The event is free and open to the public.

In this presentation, Field, who is a faculty affiliate of LAII, draws upon his research in Latin America and in Israel/Occupied Palestine. In Colombia, on the one hand, and in Israel/Occupied Palestine on the other, two apparently distinct sets of phenomena co-exist in extensive contemporary time: peace talks, national reconciliation, restorative justice, and mediation workshops compose one set; waves of intensive violence, displacement of communities and minority populations, unaccountability for human rights violations, and exacerbated polarization of political and ideological positions compose the other set.

This is the scenario for the National Security State (NSS), a global feature that has become the most "developed" in Colombia and Israel, although many of the characteristic traits of the NSS also permeate everyday life in the United States.

Fields will dive into the links between the development of the NSS in Israel and Colombia asking questions like: What corporate, technological and foreign policy relationships have cocreated the NSS in the two countries? What are the ideological innovations that resonate in the two?

For more information concerning the presenters and the event, see the event flyer.