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Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

Crisis Group Role

Kyle Johnson is Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Colombia since January 2016. He has over 10 years of experience studying the Colombian armed conflict and related issues, and has lived in Bogotá for more than 6 years. Kyle has extensive field experience in the country and has focused on conflict dynamics and peacebuilding at a local level.

Areas of Expertise

  • The Colombian armed conflict
  • Drug trafficking and illegal economies
  • Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR)
  • Colombian politics
  • Armed conflict theories
  • Role of violence in social power

Professional Background

Kyle worked for over two years at the Bogotá­-based NGO Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, as well as in Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory. He also served for over two years at the International Organization for Migration as the Coordinator of its Analysis Unit.

He studied Political Science at the University of Connecticut and received a Master's in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Select Publications


  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)

In The News

9 Nov 2017
[Colombian armed groups] offer quite an outlet for frustrated Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members, for whom the peace agreements are not living up to expectations. The World Weekly

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
28 Jun 2017
There is a [...] belief in Colombia that if you are an illegal armed group without a particular ideology, fighting the state would be enough to pressure the government into entering a peace process. IRIN News

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
13 Jun 2017
For the FARC, the subject of money has always touched a nerve. If it's shown they have a lot of wealth, it adds fuel to the narrative that they are simply drug traffickers. AP

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
28 Mar 2017
[The FARC rebel leader] “Pollo” wanted to return to the peace process since at least January, and in March he submitted a list of 333 dissident militia members who wanted to surrender. Colombia Reports

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
7 Feb 2017
The ELN [in Colombia] has still not renounced kidnapping. They might kidnap someone else in the future and we'll be back in the same difficulties. AFP

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
12 Nov 2016
Not everyone is going to be happy, but I still expect there to be a positive reaction in general [to the revised Colombian peace deal]. We do have an agreement, and I would expect there to be more political pressure on the opposition to accept this new agreement as well. Al Jazeera

Kyle Johnson

Senior Analyst, Colombia

Latest Updates

A Wary Farewell to Arms for the FARC

Since Colombia ratified a revised peace accord to end the country’s long insurgency, FARC rebels have moved rapidly to ad hoc cantonment sites where they will demobilise under UN supervision. But the FARC leadership’s commitment to the deal is under pressure from disparate elements in its rank and file.

El oscuro futuro de la negociación con el ELN

El anuncio de la instalación de la mesa ha producido mucha expectativa, pero el tiempo para negociar parece ser muy corto y la inmadurez política que ha demostrado esta guerrilla podría complicar aún más el panorama.  

Originally published in Razon Publica

¿Por qué no arranca la paz con el ELN?

El gobierno insiste en que no habrá negociación mientras prosigan los secuestros y la guerrilla insiste en que esa condición desconoce la agenda. ¿Cuál es entonces el futuro del proceso de paz con “la otra guerrilla”?

Originally published in Razón Pública