Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez

Post:Associate Researcher (International Relations)
Location:ARTS B
Email:A.Gomez@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

Researcher for the National Centre for Historical Memory of the Department of Social Prosperity of the Colombian Government.  Member of the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR), Rodeemos el Diálogo (ReD), and founding member of British Academics for a Colombia Under Peace (BACUP). During 2013 and 2014, Andrei will be Research Associate at Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford which hosts the Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) network. His current research focuses on the genocide of the Unión Patriótica (UP), UP Refugees in Europe, the Santos-FARC peace talks and the politics of post-conflict reconstruction. Andrei is currently conveninga series of seven ‘Conversatorios de Paz’ at Canning House (August 2013 to May 2014). He has co-authored policy briefings for UCL Institute of the Americas, the Royal United Services Institute, and ReD. His research on the UP genocide and the Santos-FARC peace talks has been published in  Estudios Políticos, Revista de Estudios sobre Genocidio, the Journal of Genocide Research and Third World Quarterly. His forthcoming monograph exploring the link between genocide, geopolitics and transnational networks is to be published by Routledge Studies on Global and Transnational Politics in 2014. Andrei has taught on Colombian Politics, International Security, International Relations, Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Sussex, and the University of Cauca and Externado University in Colombia. Andrei studied International Relations (DPhil) and Contemporary War and Peace Studies (MA) at the University of Sussex and Conflict Resolution (GD) and Political Science (BS) at the University of Los Andes.

Role

Associate Researcher in International Relations. Since October 2012 my research focuses on the Santos-FARC peace talks. I have been consultant for the National Centre for Historical Memory (of the Colombian Government), Conciliation Resources, LatinNews, and Signum Consulting. I have participated in policy briefings to various diplomatic missions. From August 2013, I am the facilitator of a series of 'Conversatorios' on the Colombian Peace Talks being held at Canning House, and put together by Rodeemos el Dialogo (ReD) in partnership with British Academics for a Colombia Under Peace (BACUP) and Plataforma.

My book based on my previous research project exploring the link between geopolitics, genocide, and transnational networks in the destruction of the Union Patriotica in Colombia is forthcoming this year by Routledge. I often contribute with opinion articles and interviews to El Espectador and El Tiempo (in Colombia) and the BBC world service and Monocle Radio.

Currently I am based in Bogotá, researching the role of civil society in the Santos-FARC peace talks.