speaks at Bogota conference on future of Colombian military
Dr. Terry Terriff
returned last week from a quick visit to Colombia where he
attended a conference on the future of the country's military and police force.
Dr. Terriff, a Senior Research Fellow at CMSS and the Arthur J. Child Chair of American Security Policy, sat on a panel that discussed Trends in the Adaptation of Security and Defense Services.
The rationale for the conference, Dr. Terriff
said, was presumably because the Colombian military were "confident that the 'war' against FARC [a rebel organization waging armed conflict against the government since 1964] will come to an end one way or another in the next 1 1/2 years to two years.
said the military and police forces knew they had to transform but were looking for ideas on how they should change.
said the highlight of the conference was when retired U.S.
said the Defence Minister's answers raised issues that had not been discussed before the conference but mirrored several points Dr. Terriff
mentioned in his
Another highlight was the generosity, helpfulness and openness of Colomibian military and civilian defence ministry officials, Dr. Terriff
The President of Colombia, Juan Manual Santos, gave the introductory presentation, which turned into a "somewhat political, one hour speech," Dr. Terriff said.
Overall, Dr. Terriff
said it was a fascinating trip that might just end up in a repeat performance.