WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Violence, Crime, and Governance in Colombia’s Borderlands

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday, 1 April 2019
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

New America and the Washington Office on Latin America
invite you to a discussion

featuring Annette Idler, Director of Studies at Oxford University’s Changing Character of War Center.

Event Details:

Monday, April 1, 2019

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

WOLA, 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

Dr. Idler will discuss the findings of her timely new book, Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War, published by Oxford University Press.

Borderland Battles is based on extensive fieldwork: more than 600 interviews in and on the Colombia-Venezuela and Colombia-Ecuador border regions. Her focus has been on the convergence of armed conflict and organized crime in these regions: how groups compete for territorial control, how they cooperate, and how they fill governance gaps by playing roles that states normally do.

Dr. Idler’s work offers a more holistic and nuanced understanding of “people-centered security” than has been available so far. It has also given her detailed knowledge of the Colombia-Venezuela border zone, which is suffering important consequences of Venezuela’s crisis.

A presentation from Dr. Idler will be followed by Q&A. Books will be available for sale.