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Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia

Crisis Group Role

Elizabeth Dickinson has been Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia since 2019. Her work centers around armed conflict dynamics in the country and the implementation of the 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas. Previously a journalist, Elizabeth first reported from Colombia in 2011, covering topics including criminal and armed group violence, illegal mining, migration, and national politics.

Elizabeth previously served as Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, where she lived for 8 years focusing on the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. She focused extensively on Gulf countries’foreign policies in the Middle East and Horn of Africa.

Professional Background

Prior to joining International Crisis Group, Elizabeth worked for a decade as a journalist, including roles at Foreign Policy magazine, The National, and The Economist. She holds a degree in African and International Studies from Yale University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Colombia
  • Armed groups in Colombia
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Gulf politics and foreign policy
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Counter-terror finance
  • Proxy conflict

Languages

  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (fluent)

Publications

  • “Colombia’s War Just Ended. A New Wave of Violence Is Beginning,” Foreign Policy magazine, August 2016.
  • “Fighting the Last War,” Washington Monthly, Jan/Feb 2012.
  • “Godfathers and Thieves: How Syria’s Diaspora Crowd-Funded a Revolution”, Deca, June 2015.
  • “Playing with Fire: Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risk Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home”, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, 2013.

In The News

20 Jun 2022
[The] strategy of fear, hate and stigmatization towards the left [in Colombia] no longer works as a policy to win voters. AP

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
27 May 2022
The main [concern for voters in Colombia] is just sort of bread and butter economic issues, access to education, services... inequality. AFP

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
10 May 2022
The security strategy [of the Colombian government] of focusing on high profile targets does not guarantee security for civilians. AP

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
1 Mar 2022
Coca is really just the currency of Colombia’s ongoing conflict. The Telegraph

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
30 Nov 2021
Today, the commitment of ex-combatants [of FARC] to remaining in civilian life is visible across Colombia and deserves the full support of the international community. Washington Post

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
21 Jul 2021
What I think we're going to see in the next months is a slowly churning crisis [in Colombia], which is dangerous. Voice of America

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia

Latest Updates

Who is Rodolfo Hernández, Colombia’s “TikTok King”, and Can He Win the Presidency?

This week on Hold Your Fire! Richard Atwood talks to experts Beth Dickinson and Renata Segura about Colombia’s presidential election, as the country heads into a run-off between two anti-establishment candidates: leftist Gustavo Petro and a millionaire often likened to Donald Trump, Rodolfo Hernández.

Colombia’s Election Clash Rattles a Fragile Peace

Colombians head to the polls on 29 May for the first round of a presidential contest that will starkly pose left against right. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Elizabeth Dickinson lays out the stakes for the country’s future stability.

Also available in Español

Colombia’s Former FARC Foot Soldiers Sow Seeds of Peace

Members of Colombia's longest-running insurgency face new challenges since the 2016 peace accord. In this photo essay, part of a larger project on deadly violence in Latin America, one former fighter tells his story to Crisis Group expert Elizabeth Dickinson.