Tufts's Latin American Committee recently got together to discuss and celebrate the recent peace talks that are currently taking place in Cuba between the Colombian government and one of their major guerrilla opponents; the FARC. The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been terrorizing Colombia for the past decades using all types of terrorism to forward their Marxist-Leninist agenda. Some of these acts include kidnapping, bombing urban centers and murders. The current peace talks are the third ones that have officially taken place between the FARC and the Colombian government but also seem to be the most promising for peace as the political atmosphere has allowed the peace talks to be somewhat more productive.
The Tufts LAC came together on October 14th to discuss this important moment in Latin American history. Undergraduate students from different nationalities came together to learn and understand not only the current event but the past turmoil that lead up to this moment. Juan Taborda, a graduate student studying international political economy and development economy at Fletcher, also joined the LAC meeting, providing personal and historical information of the conflict. Juan, a Colombian national, was personally present when many of these national crimes were being committed. He explained how the FARC was initially created as a defense against the corrupt government officials at the time, and how it has changed as a more radical movement throughout the decades. The Latin American Committee finds it important that the Tufts University community stays informed and interested in Latin American current events painting a more complete world picture and seeing similarities across borders. By engaging in this kind of conversation, the LAC believes that the Tufts community directly (or indirectly) affected by these events has a safe space to discuss and share their thoughts and opinions.