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Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
Bogotá, Colombia

Crisis Group Role

Ivan Briscoe joined Crisis Group in June 2016 as Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked on Latin American politics, conflict and crime since 1996. Before joining Crisis Group, Ivan worked as a senior research fellow in the Clingendael Institute of the Netherlands and in the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) in Spain, where he specialised in the study of illicit networks in Latin America, new forms of armed violence and the effects of inequality.

Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as a journalist and editor in Argentina, France and Spain, where he edited the English edition of El País. He has carried out fieldwork-based research in various Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, and has written for numerous media in the region and in Europe. He graduated from Oxford University with a First Class Honour's Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, studied as a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, and also holds a Master's Degree in Development from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Professional Background

  • Senior Research Fellow, Conflict Research Unit, Clingendael Institute (2009-2016)
  • Senior Researcher, Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) (2006-2009)
  • Editor, English language edition of El País (2004-2006)
  • Reporter, English language edition of El País (2002-2004)
  • Reporter, UNESCO Courier magazine (2000-2001)
  • Reporter, Buenos Aires Herald (1996-1999)
  • Researcher, Demos (1994-1996)

In The News

12 Nov 2017
La realidad socioeconómica de Colombia no ha cambiado desde la firma del acuerdo [sobre sustitución de la coca formalizado en 2014]. Existen grupos armados interesados en controlar la coca, la minería ilegal o la extorsión. Diario de Cuba

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
12 Nov 2017
Antes de[l pacto de alto el] fuego con el gobierno [colombiano], que termina en enero, el [Ejército de Liberación Nacional] se estaba expandiendo hacia nuevas regiones, como el área del Pacífico. Es parte de una estrategia para ganar cierto poder en la mesa de negociación. Infobae

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
7 Aug 2017
It’s very hard to create critical mass [in Venezuela] without being found out. In an era of instant digital communications, authorities can be alerted to the risk of destabilization very quickly. AP

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
9 Nov 2016
México tendrá que encontrar una forma de relacionarse con el futuro gobierno de Trump, algo complicado y difícil para una economía que no ha logrado despegar realmente, ni cubrir todas las necesidades de su población Deutsche Welle

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
25 Sep 2016
El precio de acceder a penas reducidas es una colaboración plena y voluntaria con la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, es decir, lo que se pierde en términos de castigo se ganará en verdad. El Independiente

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean
25 Sep 2016
La esperanza es que una reducción de los niveles de conflicto armado, así como en el futuro de la actividad criminal en las regiones periféricas y fronterizas de Colombia, ayude a normalizar el comercio entre ese país y Venezuela El Nacional

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Latest Updates

Colombia’s Coca Boom

Over the last seven years, the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has worked strenuously to dissociate the country from its image as a cocaine exporter. In 2016, Santos struck a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the guerrilla group that for years stood watch over coca farms and had become the wholesaler and arbiter of the cocaine trafficking business.

Originally published in Foreign Affairs

A Misguided Cuba Roll-back

President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and group travel. But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and conflicts.

Also available in Español

El bumerán de la seguridad en Centroamérica

Herederas de los conflictos armados de la década de los ochenta e impulsadas por las deportaciones masivas desde EEUU, las maras son un problema de primera magnitud en El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala. Las políticas de ‘mano dura’ son tan inútiles como dañinas.

Originally published in Politica Exterior

Colombia tras el plebiscito: salir del atolladero

Los colombianos han dejado claro que quieren la paz. El referéndum del 2 de octubre obliga a reabrir la negociación para incluir algunas de las demandas implícitas en el voto del No. La dificultad está en negociar mientras el reloj apunta a las presidenciales de 2018.

Originally published in Política Exterior