The Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “La controversia marítima y territorial entre Colombia y Nicaragua: Implicaciones, retos y reflexiones” [The Maritime and Territorial Controversy between Colombia and Nicaragua: Implications, Challenges, and Reflections] by Silvia Mantilla Valbuena, professor and researcher from the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the National University of Colombia in San Andrés. Dr. María del Pilar Argüelles (Political Science Department, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras) will serve as commentator. The talk will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheater CRA 108, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.
This lecture will focus on the litigations between Colombia and Nicaragua over the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina in the regional context of Colombia’s latest conflicts with its neighboring countries. These ongoing conflicts and the undefined delimitation of the maritime boundary between Colombia and Nicaragua pose challenges to the Caribbean zone and open questions regarding sovereignty, the use and management of natural resources, and problems of self-determination and security for the local raizal population. The talk will propose solutions to these problems by exploring cultural, social, and economic factors that both countries share in view of the unifying common denominator represented by the Caribbean Sea.
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