New book by Annette Idler explores dynamics of violent non-state groups in borderlands

Posted:
10 April, 2019

A new book by Annette Idler (DPhil in International Development 2010) examining how violent non-state groups act and interact in in borderlands has been published by Oxford University Press.

The post-cold war era has seen an unmistakable trend toward the proliferation of violent non-state groups – variously labeled terrorists, rebels, paramilitaries, gangs, and criminals – near borders in unstable regions especially.

In Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War, Annette examines the micro-dynamics among violent non-state groups and finds striking patterns: borderland spaces consistently intensify the security impacts of how these groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illicit cross-border activities, and replace the state in exerting governance functions.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork with more than 600 interviews in and on the shared borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, where conflict is ripe and crime thriving, Annette reveals how dynamic interactions among violent non-state groups produce a complex security landscape with ramifications for order and governance, both locally and beyond.

Annette is now Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, Oxford.

Annette Idler (2019) Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War, Oxford University Press.

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