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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

26 Apr 2021
There’s a lot of work to be done to fix social cohesion [in Colombia] because violence is at times the default answer, which is a legacy of so many years of conflict. The Telegraph

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
13 Sep 2020
The history in Colombia is when you start a wave of violence it accelerates and it’s very hard to stop. New York Times

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
1 Nov 2019
The string of assassinations of indigenous leaders in Cauca illustrates some of the fundamental tensions at the center of the debate about protection for human rights defenders in Colombia. Twitter

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
11 Aug 2019
The UAE and Saudi Arabia have allied with distinct Yemeni partners. Yet to this point in the conflict, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have worked to maintain a relative detente between competing interests in the south. Reuters

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
25 Jul 2019
Saudi Arabia may feel that they still need a ‘win’ in Yemen, whatever that looks like to them, in order to pivot more clearly toward talks. AP

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
5 Jul 2019
There has been a great deal of speculation around the reported UAE drawdown in Yemen. UAE objective has been consistent for 2 years: wind down involvement in the Huthi conflict. Twitter

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia

Latest Updates

Iraq’s Pre-election Optimism Includes a New Partnership with Saudi Arabia

After the defeat of the Islamic State in 2017, normality is returning to Iraq ahead of the 12 May parliamentary elections. In this Q&A, Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula Elizabeth Dickinson says the country’s cautious optimism includes hopes of a new partnership with Riyadh, balancing Baghdad’s strong ties with Tehran.