The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Julia Buxton

Professor, Central European University

Julia Buxton is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Central European University, teaching and researching on drug policy and enforcement impacts, violence, conflict and conflict sensitive policy interventions. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Global Drugs Policy Observatory at the University of Swansea. Previously, she has held research, teaching and/or management positions in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service) and Kingston University. Julia is a Region Head (Latin America) at the political risk firm Oxford Analytica.

Julia undertook field, consultancy and research work in Latin America, Venezuela, Pakistan with the British Council, Nepal and in Sweden with Sida. Her current research projects are focused on Venezuelan migrants and the coordination of public health responses (Peru and Colombia, PI Juan Arroyo, Lima) and on the gendered impacts of drug policy (OSF grant) with regional workshops in Budapest and Accra. She was the director/team leader and course contributor for UK FCO Chevening and Ministry of Defence professional and short training courses in the past.

  • Anatomy of Failure: International Drug Policy (forthcoming 2020 Lynne Rienner, Boulder, Colorado)
  • Edited collection: Shifting the Needle: Impacts of Drug Policy enforcement on Women (2020 Emerald Publishing UK)
  • Special edition: International Development Policy Journal (2020, on drugs and development)
  • ‘Defusing Venezuela’, Journal of Diplomacy, Seton Hall (June 2018)
  • ‘Venezuela: Deeper into the Abyss’, Revista de Ciencia Politica, Vol 38 (2018)
  • NACLA ‘The Missteps of Venezuela’s Opposition’ (May 2019)
  • ‘Situation Normal in Venezuela: All Fouled Up’ (March 2017)
  • Co-authors: C Hallam and D Bewley Taylor, Dealing with Synthetics: Time to Reframe the Narrative (2017, GDPO, University of Swansea)
  • Drugs and Development: The Great Disconnect
  • Co-author: T. Bingham, The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets (both January 2015, GDPO, University of Swansea)
  • Venezuela after Chavez, New Left Review (June 2016)
  • Co-author: J Csete et al, ‘Public Health and International Drug Policy’,
  • Special edition of The Lancet (April 2016)
  • ‘Alternative Agendas in Peacekeeping’ in K. Kenkel, South American Peace Ops, (2013, Routledge)
  • ‘The Practitioner’s Perspective’ and ‘Tailoring Training in Gender, Peace, Conflict and Development’ in special edition of Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development Issue 19, December 2012
  • ‘Forward into History: Understanding Barack Obama’s Latin America Policy’ Special Edition of Latin American Perspectives, Summer 2011
  • The Politics of Drugs, (ed) (2010, Routledge)
  • ‘South America, Peace Operations and MINUSTAH: The View from Venezuela’ in Special Issue, South American Perspectives on Peace Operations, International Peacekeeping, Vol 17, no. 5, Nov 2010
  • ‘Opportunity Lost: Alternative Development in Drug Control’ in J. Tokatlian (ed) Old Wars: New Thinking, (2010, Libros Zorazal)
  • ‘A History of Drug Control’ in P. Keefer and N. Loayza (eds) Innocent Bystanders, (2010, World Bank Publications)
  • (eds) Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America, (2007, Palgrave)
  • The Political Economy of Narcotic Drugs, (2006, Zed)
  • Editor with O. Greene and C. Salonius Pasternak, Conflict Prevention, Management and Reduction in Africa (eds) Foreign Ministry of Finland Publication, (2006)
  • The Failure of Political Reform in Venezuela (2001, Ashgate).

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