19 Apr 2023
Armed conflict and Organized Crime:
Crime & Conflict, Drug Policy, CSA-Obs
Director of the Global Security Programme, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Annette Idler is the Director of the Global Security Programme, and Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. She is also adjunct faculty at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where she teaches on global security and transnational organised crime.
Dr Idler is Visiting Scholar (2019 – 2021) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, where she is also affiliate at the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.
Her work focuses on global security in the contemporary world. She studies evolving security dynamics in the context of armed conflict and the global illicit economy, transitions from war to peace, and state responses to insecurity. She is particularly interested in the connections between localized conflicts and insecurities and global shifts in order and power, and the political economy of borderlands as spaces where criminal, terrorist, and conflict dynamics converge. Dr Idler is Principal Investigator of the Conflict Platform Project and of CONPEACE.
She is the author of Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War (Oxford University Press, 2019), which appeared in Spanish in an expanded version as Fronteras Rojas: Una Mirada al Conflicto y el Crimen desde los Márgenes de Colombia, Ecuador y Venezuela by Penguin Random House (2021), and co-editor of Transforming the War on Drugs: Warriors, Victims, and Vulnerable Regions (Oxford University Press/Hurst Publishers, 2021). Her work has appeared in journals such as World Politics, Third World Quarterly, and the Journal of Global Security Studies.
Dr Idler’s work has been recognised among others by APSA’s International Security Best Article 2021 Award and LASA’s Defense, Public Security & Democracy Section Best Article Award 2021. She also won the 2020 University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Innovation Award for her work on “Re-thinking Conflict, Building Peace”.
Before taking up her current role, she was the Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford, and also served as Fellow on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Security.
She holds a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In order to enhance the impact of her academic work, she advises governments and international organizations. She is also a regular expert for internationally renowned media outlets. Prior to her academic career, she worked with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the German development cooperation.
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