Dr Annette Idler is the Director of the Global Security Programme, and Senior Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. At Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government she teaches on global security and transnational organised crime.
From 2019 to 2021, Dr Idler was Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, where she was also affiliate at the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.
Her work focuses on global security in the contemporary world. She studies evolving security dynamics in the context of armed conflict and the global illicit economy, transitions from war to peace, and state responses to insecurity. She is particularly interested in the political economy of borderlands as spaces where criminal, terrorist, and conflict dynamics converge, and the connections between localized conflicts and insecurities and global shifts in order and power. Dr Idler is Principal Investigator of the Conflict Platform Project and of CONPEACE.
She is the author of Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War (Oxford University Press, 2019), which appeared in Spanish in an expanded version as Fronteras Rojas: Una Mirada al Conflicto y el Crimen desde los Márgenes de Colombia, Ecuador y Venezuela by Penguin Random House (2021), and co-editor of Transforming the War on Drugs: Warriors, Victims, and Vulnerable Regions (Oxford University Press/Hurst Publishers, 2021). Her work has appeared in journals such as World Politics, Third World Quarterly, and the Journal of Global Security Studies.
Dr Idler’s work has been recognised among others by APSA’s International Security Best Article 2021 Award, LASA’s Defense, Public Security & Democracy Section Best Article Award 2021, and the Premio Iberoamericano Book Award 2021. She also won the 2020 University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Innovation Award for her work on “Re-thinking Conflict, Building Peace”.
Before taking up her current role, she was the Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford, and also served as Fellow on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Security. Dr Idler previously worked with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the German development cooperation. Dr Idler advises governments and international organisations and is a regular expert for internationally renowned media outlets.
- The Colombian conflict, FARC, ELN, paramilitaries
- Civil war, armed groups, violent non-state groups (rebels, terrorists, criminals, militias, paramilitaries, gangs), crime-conflict nexus, crime-terror nexus, alliances and combat between armed groups
- Transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking, cocaine trade, drug policy
- Borderlands, peripheries, marginalised communities
- Civilian security, citizen security, armed violence, criminal violence, security architecture
- Venezuela, Chavez, Ecuador, Andean region, spillover of Colombian conflict
- Changing character of conflict, trends in conflict and violence, conflict prevention, peacebuilding
- Ethnographic methods, fieldwork in fragile settings
Dr Idler has considerable experience of working with the media, including broadcast interviews (live and pre-recorded) for outlets such as Al Jazeera TV, BBC World TV, BBC World Service Radio, ORF (Austria) and Ciudad (Argentina). She is also a regular contributor to print and online outlets.