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December 10, 2018 7:40AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

We began our last day in Medellín with a fascinating meeting with Juan Gómez Martínez, the former mayor of Medellín (1988-1990 and 1998-2000) and former Governor of Antioquia (1992-1994).

During Mr. Martínez’ first tenure as mayor, the infamous Medellín cartel leader Pablo Escobar was still at large and directed many murders, kidnappings, and bombings throughout the city. Mr. Martínez shared with the group his account of a kidnapping attempt by Escobar’s men while he was running for...

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December 09, 2018 4:29PM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

After meeting with many representatives from government agencies and non-governmental organizations, the PBPL 85 group was incredibly excited to meet with one of Colombia’s most successful companies for a perspective of the private sector: Grupo-EPM.  Grupo-EPM operates at the intersection of the private sector and the conflict facing Colombia. 

As the central utility company of Colombia, Grupo-EMP is both a private entity and an extension of the state due to its crucial role in...

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December 08, 2018 5:31PM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

Our second day in Medellin began at a local university, EAFIT, for a meeting on criminality and the state with Professor Gustavo Duncan. Professor Duncan gave us a brief lecture on the the peace deal and delved into the complicated history of governance in Medellin and the rural parts of the country. An expert in the relationship between criminality and the state, he detailed the complicated ties between neighborhoods, citizens, businesses, and gangs. Professor Duncan shed light on...

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December 08, 2018 7:25AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

After a night of sleeping not in tents, but in hotel beds, the PBPL 85 group woke up rested and ready to start the first day in Medellin, the capital of Colombia's mountainous Antioquia province. On the bus ride in from the airport, we had sensed that Medellin had a different feel from Bogotá. In Bogotá, we had spent most of our time meeting with government officials, scholars, and NGOs thinking specifically about the peace process. Our time in Medellin on the other hand was dedicated to...

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December 07, 2018 7:55AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

We arrived at the San Jose del Oriente Espacios Territoriales de Capacitacion Reincorporation, or ECTR, as the sun set in the horizon. To the east we could see the mountains that lined the Colombian-Venezuelan border while to the west were the famous white caps of the Sierra Nevada range. We were greeted by several ex-combatants living at the ECTR, or reintegration camp, who formed the Terra Grata ecotourism project, as well as members of the Colombian military.
 

Throughout the...

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December 06, 2018 5:24PM
18F Mini-Grants Sydney Kamen

Mini-Grant recipient, Sydney Kamen '19, shares her experience attending the 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (AfCEM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

From November 7-9, 2018, I had the unique opportunity of attending the 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (AfCEM) in Kigali, Rwanda. This three-day conference convened leaders from across the African continent and globe to discuss, share, and collaborate on the theme: "Breaking Barriers in Emergency Medicine Education...

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December 05, 2018 10:15AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

PBPL 85 began the weekend with an early morning trip to the airport, on our way to sunny Valledupar. From there, the class traveled to Pondores, which is one of the largest ECTRs, or reintegration camps, in Colombia. A United Nations escort truck led the bus into the FARC camp and the two UN workers in the Caribbean district introduced the class to the eco-tourism team — PBPL 85’s host for the next two days. The 26 ECTRs serve as "Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation;” their...

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December 05, 2018 9:45AM
FYF Bill Cui

As a First-Year Fellow, Bill Cui ’21 interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the mentorship of Jay Matson ’91. Here is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent regulatory agency under the Department of Energy. It is one of the key agencies that regulate natural gas, oil, and electricity industries. Its responsibilities include monitoring wholesale...

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December 04, 2018 11:15AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

The PBPL class started the day talking with Doug Mercado of the UN World Food Program (WFP). Mercado is currently based in Bogota, Colombia, and he works as the WFP’s Emergency Response Coordinator and coordinates the organizations food programs for Venezuelan migrants on the western border, but has worked on humanitarian aid before in Angola, Eritrea, and Bosnia among many others. The class had a lively discussion with Mercado on topics like how the new Duque administration is addressing...

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December 03, 2018 9:52AM
18F Public Program Rebecca Zietlow

Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, Rebecca Zietlow, spoke at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center during the fall term, delivering the Roger S. Aaron ’64 Lecture. She invoked values and constitutional inspiration, discussing the antislavery movement, reconstruction and individual rights.

 

Looking back on her career, she said her interest began after she started looking into cases on Congress’s power to enforce the Thirteenth and Fourteenth...

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