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Catalina Uribe Burcher
Senior Programme Officer, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Catalina’s work at International IDEA focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding political finance and the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes worldwide. She is currently launching the IntegriTAS Threat Assessment System, an assessment tool that looks at the threat of nexus between organized crime and democratic politics.
In 2017 Catalina co-authored International IDEA’s report on the Global State of Democracy and in 2016 she she edited and co-drafted the Protecting Politics report series on organized crime effects over political parties, elections, local democracy, and service delivery, respectively. Earlier she co-authored the book ‘Illicit Networks and Politics in Latin America’, as well as the report ‘Illicit Networks and Politics in the Baltic States’.
In 2012 Catalina was awarded the ‘Drugs, Security and Democracy’ fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, and during this time Catalina has also contributed various articles for inter alia the Washington Post, openDemocracy and the World Economic Forum, as well as conferences at the DW Forum, IPI and the UN.
Catalina is a Colombian and Swedish lawyer specialized in Criminal Law. She holds a LL.M degree in International and Comparative Law from Uppsala University in Sweden. With over ten years of professional experience, Catalina has worked in Sweden, the US, Latin America, West and Southern Africa, Mongolia, and the Baltic States.
- ‘What cryptocurrencies will do to the integrity of politics’, World Economic Forum, 16 April 2018, The Global State of Democracy, International IDEA, 2017
- ‘Organized Crime’s Engagement in Democratic Politics: Strategies for Prevention and Mitigation’, Journal on International Relations and Diplomacy, issue of No. 10 (2017)
- ‘Is Democracy Good for Peace?’, The Washington Post, 15 September 2017
- ‘Assessing the Threat of Nexus between Organized Crime and Democratic Politics: Mapping the factors’, Journal on International Relations and Diplomacy, issue of No. 1 (2017)
- Protecting Politics: Deterring the influence of organized crime on local democracy, International IDEA and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, 2016
- ‘Ayotzinapa then and now: Organized crime’s grip on elections and political parties’, International IDEA, 29 September 2016
- ‘Mission Impossible’, International IDEA, 12 September 2016
- ‘From Netflix ‘Narcos’ to Peru: money, drugs and elections’, openDemocracy, 15 March 2016
- Illicit Networks and Politics in Latin America, International IDEA, NIMD and the Clingendael Institute, 2014
- ‘Latin America Governed by Crime’, ISN and InSight Crime, 20 March 2014
- ‘Organized crime, Colombia’s peace spoiler?‘, openDemocracy, 27 August 2014
- Illicit Networks and Politics in the Baltic States, International IDEA, 2013
- ‘The link between politics and organized crime in the Andean region’, International IDEA, 22 January 2013
- The Guide on Factors of Election-related Violence External to Electoral Processes, International IDEA, September 2013
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