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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.

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