Virginia M. “Ginny” Bouvier was the USIP's senior advisor for peace processes. Ginny was the face—and essence—of USIP’s work on Colombia’s peace process for over a decade. A think tank in Colombia, Corporación Arco Iris, in 2012 named Ginny among four Americans on its list of the 11 most influential international experts advising on the peace process over the previous decade. Ginny also had been a consultant and research director for the Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas, a joint project of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Center for Research on Women, and a consultant for USAID, UN Women, World Bank, Levi Strauss Foundation, Levi Strauss and Co. and the C.S. Fund. Ginny was a graduate of Wellesley College, and had an MA in Spanish from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin American studies.
Bringing together the experiences and insights of more than thirty experienced and emerging authors, human rights activists, and peace practitioners from Colombia and abroad, Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War documents and analyzes the vast array of peace initiatives that have emerged in Colombia in recent years.