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17:30 - 19:00 18 November 2015

Arrangements of convenience: conflict, crime and security in Colombia’s borderlands


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
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Dr Annette Idler, Oxford

Civil war scenarios with one rebel group fighting the government have become rare. Instead, we encounter situations with multiple violent non-state groups whose economic and political motivations are blurred as well as changing over time. Exposed to a decade-old armed conflict and geostrategic for the global cocaine business, Colombia’s borderlands are paradigmatic for this convergence of conflict and crime. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the violence-affected border regions of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, this talk will discuss how rebels, paramilitaries, gangs and criminals cooperate in these spaces, and what this means for security and peacebuilding.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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