The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Oscar Palma Morales

Professor, Universidad del Rosario

Academic Career Professor (Profesor Principal) at the Department of International, Political and Urban Studies, and former Director of the Observatory on Illicit Drugs and Weapons, at Universidad del Rosario.

Member of the Colombian Observatory on Organized Crime. PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Master in International Security Studies from the University of Leicester, as a Chevening Scholar of the British Government.

Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. Visiting Lecturer at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, in Germany, for the Programme on Terrorism and Security Studies; and Scholar of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., for the Courses on Security and Defence Policies, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Combating Transnational Organized Crime.

Visiting Professor at the Joint War College of the Colombian Military Forces, and at the Schools of Intelligence of the Colombian Navy and the Army. Lecturer at the Colombian Diplomatic Academy ‘Augusto Ramirez Ocampo’-Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Former Researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies in National Security and Defence (CEESEDEN) at the Colombian Joint College of War, and Professional Officer of the National Colombian Army Commissioned at the Joint Command of the Military Forces to serve as Intelligence Analyst at the Joint Department of Intelligence (J2), and as Secretary to the Bilateral Border Commission Colombia-Ecuador. Before Joining Universidad del Rosario he lectured at Javeriana University and Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Bogota, and was also a Teaching Assistant on International Organizations at the LSE.

  • A model for counterinsurgency success? The good, the bad and the ugly in the struggle against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (2003-2012). Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. (June 30, 2020)
  • Commercial Insurgencies in the Networked Era: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC. (London: Routledge; 2019)
  • The changing meaning of ‘terrorism’ in Colombia: a matter of discourse in M. Boyle Non-western Responses to Terrorism (Manchester: Manchester University Press; 2019) – Criminal interests within political insurgencies: the case for development-centred counterinsurgency, in F. Cante y H. Kehl, Handbook of Research in Transnational (Pennsylvania: IGI Global; 2016)
  • Transnational networks of insurgency and crime: explaining the spread of commercial insurgencies beyond national borders. Small Wars and Insurgencies. Vol. 23 No. 3. 2015.

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