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Aldo Civico

Affiliated Scholar

Aldo Civico is director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in New York City. Civico, an anthropologist, joined CICR in the summer of 2000 when he developed a project for Reconciliation and Confidence Building among religious leaders in the western Balkans.

Since 2003 Civico has being doing field work in Colombia on forced displacement, the urban conflict of Medellín, and paramilitarism. His research interests are mainly related to conflict, human rights, refugees, democracy, political violence, resistance, the state, sovereignty, and civil society.

Civico designed and implemented conflict resolution workshops in Colombia (Medellín, Turbo, Sapzurro, and Capurganá), and Haiti. He has been teaching courses at the New School of New York and the William Paterson University.

Civico is author of La Scelta (Piemme, Italy) and a contributing author with a chapter on Colombian paramilitarism in the book Engaged Observer by Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-ajani (Rutgers University Press).

Before coming to the United States, Civico was active in the anti-Mafia movement led in Palermo, Sicily, by Leoluca Orlando. He worked for many years as a freelance journalist for Italian, German, and Swiss media. In 1996, he graduated in political science and sociology from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Major Books:

  • La Scelta, 1993, Casale Monferrato, Edizioni Piemme
  • Un Jésuite contre la Mafia: Ennio Pintacuda, 1995, Desclée de Brouwer, Paris
  • Portrait of a Paramilitary, in Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy, and Activism, Edited by Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-Ajani (Rutgers University Press: 2006)

    Recent Articles and Essays:

  • “Disbanding Colombia’s Paramilitary Group,” Safe-Democracy, July 2006 (online).
  • “Intanto in America,” L’Unità, daily column, 2003-2004
  • “El poder de contar una istoria,” Hechos del Callejón, Programa de Las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, Año 1 N.9 Noviembre 2005