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Senior Conflict Analysis Advisor

Aldo Civico is the founder and director of The International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he is Assistant Professor in Anthropology. Mr. Civico has served as a strategic adviser and conflict resolution facilitator to organizations and communities in Italy, Haiti, Mexico, and Colombia for over 20 years.

From 2007 to 2010, Mr Civico served as a director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, where he taught classes in theories and methods of international conflict resolution and genocide prevention. He continues to be affiliated to the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at The Earth Institute of Columbia University. During his tenure as Director, he designed and facilitated numerous conflict resolution trainings in Mexico, Haiti, Colombia and for the 7th Youth Forum of UNESCO.

Since 2001, Mr. Civico has been involved in research and conflict resolution activities in Colombia. Focusing on issues of political violence and organized crime, Mr. Civico has carried out challenging ethnographic studies on paramilitaries, drug trafficking, and forced displacement. Between 2005 and 2008, facilitated cease-fire negotiations between the guerrilla of the Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (ELN) and the Government of Colombia. Since 2007, he has been serving as an adviser to Colombian musician 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.

Prior to his work with Columbia University, Mr. Civico served as one of the founding members of a social movement raising awareness against kidnappings in Italy during the 1980s. From 1991 to 1995, he served as a senior adviser to anti-mafia leader and Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. In that capacity, he helped design communication strategies to encourage civic engagement in the fight against systemic corruption and the Mafia.

Mr. Civico is the author of La Scelta (Piemme 1993), the intellectual biography of Ennio Pintacuda, a pioneer of the anti-Mafia social movement in Sicily. He is also author of Las Guerras de Doblecero (Intermedio 2009) about the life of one of the major paramilitary leaders in Colombia. 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 and a blogger for The Huffington Post.

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

Selected Publications, Reports and Lectures

Elusive Peace. The case of Colombia's ELN Colombia. In “Negotiating with Extremists: Trades-off, Timing, and Diplomacy”, edited by I. William Zartman and Guy Olivier Faure. USIP: Washington DC.

What Executives Can Learn from Mediators (Lecture), 2013

Las Guerras de Doblecero, Intermedio, Bogota, 2010

We are Illegal but Licit: Modes of Policing in Medellin. In Political and Legal Anthropological Review, May 2012

Portrait of a Paramilitary Leader, in “Engaged Observers,” Ed. Victoria Sanford, Rutgers University Press, 2008

Rethinking U.S.-Colombia Relationship. Center for American Progress, Report, 2007.

La Scelta. (the intellectual biography of antimafia leader Ennio Pintacuda), Piemme, Italia, 1992

Thematic specialisations

conflict analysis, negotiation, mediation, strategic peace building, public policy, training

Regional specialisations

Latin America, Middle East


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