Colombia's New Presidency and the Protection of Social Leaders

Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War" Book Released

It is a privilege for the CONPEACE programme to announce the recent release of our Project Director Annette Idler's new book "Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War". It is an essential piece to have a better understanding of our current regional security dynamic, and the security landscape in the borderlands from a people-centred approach. Official launching will be on May 1, 2019, at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. 

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Dr Julia Zulver's Latest Article on Gender Violence for The Washington Post

Violence against Women and girls as a result of the Venezuelan migration and Colombia's armed conflict increases, but media is focused on the aid delivery and the political disputes between Maduro and the opposition. 

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Dr Annette Idler's Latest Article for The Conversation

Conpeace research shows how the absence of basic services in border communities fuels crime, prostitution, and begging. These tensions and the emerging xenophobic discourses have become an explosive mix that threatens the security of the individuals, and the stability of the frontier. 

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Dr Jan Boesten's Latest Article on Colombia’s New Gun Law

"Colombia's New Gun Law Could Invoke Another Episode of Violent Vigilantism".The Globe Post. 22 January 2019

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Dr Annette Idler's Insights on the Venezuelan Crisis for BBC World Service

Venezuela Crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro government 

Discussion in the BBC World Service on why military intervention in Venezuela would risk leading to messy cross-border conflict, increase in organised crime and undermine fragile Colombia's Peace Accord. More diplomatic measures are crucial. Intervention starts at 27:57 

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Colombia's New Presidency and the Protection of Social Leaders., 18 August, 2018. Dr Jan Boesten and Dr Annette Idler.

The government can benefit from civil society's expertise and give them a central role in the process of bringing institutionality to Colombia's marginalized regiones, write Jan Boesten and Annette Idler in E-International Relations.


Challenges in Colombia's Changing Security Landscape, May 2018

The University of Oxford’s CONPEACE (From Conflict Actors to Architects of Peace) Program at the Changing Character of War Centre, together with Bogota’s Rosario University and the Simon Bolívar University in Cúcuta, organized a one-day, cross-stakeholder workshop in Bogotá prior to the presidential elections to discuss the changing security landscape in Colombia.

The workshop brought together stakeholders from Colombia’s civil society (both urban and rural), the UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the UN Mission to Colombia (as representatives of the international community), the national government, and national and international academics.

The following articles explore some of the most important insights from our debates. Three points were essential: first, our understanding of security issues can benefit greatly from employing human and citizen security lenses that go beyond mere military presence throughout the national territory; second, the peace process with the FARC is not reversible and should be seen as an opportunity for the new government to create sustainable peace; third, the national government can learn from the collective action and community organizing of civil society in marginalized regions to improve long-term, people-centered security.

Annette Idler at the House of Lords

Dr Annette Idler joined an expert panel on the current state of the Colombian peace process at the House of Lords, 14 May 2018.

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Annette Idler at the House of Lords, 14 May 2018

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Project team members participate in 'Colombia After the Peace Accords' Conference, 1 December, 2017 

Dr Annette Idler chaired a session on the 'Challenges of Equitable Development', and Dr Jan Boesten spoke on 'Bringing Citizens Back In: Uncertainty in Colombia's Post-Agreement Context', as part of a programme which brought together academics and experts to focus on new challenges and new paths forward from a multidisciplinary perspective.

CCW hosts roundtable with Mariana Escobar, Director General of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal, 1 December, 2017 

The Colombian Territorial Renewal Agency (ART) is the entity responsible for reactivating conflict affected rural areas of Colombia, with the goal of strengthening local governance capacities, in the aftermath of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC.

This roundtable, arranged by the Changing Character of War (CCW) Centre at Pembroke College, Oxford, brought together a selected group of experts working on issues related to conflict, governance, and development in various regions across the world, to exchange experiences and research findings on such efforts and related policies with a view to enhancing the outcome for affected communities on the ground in a changing security landscape.

Dr Annette Idler speaks at United Nations University panel series on 'Preventing Tomorrow's Conflicts', 28 November, 2017

Dr Idler held a talk entitled "Will tomorrow's conflicts be for political power or for criminal profit?" at the 'Preventing Tomorrow’s Conflicts' speaker series at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The 'Preventing Tomorrow’s Conflicts' speaker series is jointly hosted by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations and the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations. It aims to bring leading academics from around the world to the UN to discuss with policy makers how tomorrow’s conflicts may differ from today’s, what the drivers of tomorrow’s conflicts may be, and how the UN can help to prevent them. The series runs from October 2017 to March 2018.

Dr Jan Boesten to speak at Forum on 25 years of the Colombian Constitutional Court, 28 September 2017


Dr Jan Boesten writes for The Conversation, 28 August, 2017

FARC’s step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another ‘political genocide’

Dr Annette Idler writes for the Washington Post, 10 August 2017

"Venezuela's instability has far broader implications. Here's what's at stake"

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