Aldo Civico


Co-Founder and Director

Senator George Mitchell called Aldo Civico “one of the most innovative leaders in the conflict resolution field.” He is the co-founder and director The International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he is a professor in anthropology.

Over the last 20 years, Civico has served as a strategic adviser and conflict resolution facilitator to international institutions, governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations in Italy, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. At the end of the 1980s in Italy, he was one of the founders of a social movement raising awareness against kidnappings, at the time a severe plague in his country.

He moved on to serve from 1991 to 1995 as a senior adviser to anti-mafia leader and Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando.

Since 2001, he has been involved in research and conflict resolution work in Colombia. On issues of political violence and organized crime, Civico has being conducting challenging ethnography about the paramilitary, drug trafficking, and forced displacement. Between 2005 and 2008, he was one of the facilitators of cease-fire negotiations between the guerrilla of the Ejercito de Liberación Nacional and the Government of Colombia. During that time, he also served as a mediation adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Since 2007, he has been serving as an adviser to Colombian rock star Juanes and his foundation Mi Sangre on strategic peace building. In that capacity, he assisted Juanes in organizing the Paz sin Fronteras concerts in Cuba (2009) and on the border between Colombia and Venezuela (2008), at a time when the tension between the two countries was dangerously high, and escalating.

From 2007 to 2010 he served as a director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. He continues to be affiliated to the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at The Earth Institute of Columbia University. He has being designing and facilitating numerous conflict resolution trainings in Mexico, Haiti, Colombia and for the 7th Youth Forum of UNESCO.

He is author of several books and articles. Recently he wrote the chapter Elusive Peace. The case of the ELN in Colombia for the edited book by I. William Zartman and Guy Oliver Faure “Engaging Extremists” (USIP 2011). Civico is a columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador.

Civico holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and a laurea in Political Science from the University of Bologna, Italy.


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