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Catalina Uribe Burcher

Programme Officer-Democracy, Conflict and Security, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)

Catalina’s work at International IDEA focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes in Latin America, West Africa and the Baltic States. In 2016 Catalina edited and co-drafted dealing with how organized crime affects 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 she 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 ISN, Open Democracy and InSight Crime, as well as conferences at IPI, the UN and ODI.

Catalina is currently leading the design of an assessment tool that looks at the threat of nexus between organized crime and democratic politics, to be launched globally in 2017. Catalina is a Colombian 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, and the Baltic States.

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