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Renata Segura

Deputy Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Crisis Group Role

As Deputy Program Director for Latin America and Caribbean, Renata Segura supports the Program director with the production of reports and other outputs, as well as advocacy and outreach. Renata works closely with analysts in the design, research and production of reports.

Professional Background

Colombian by birth, Renata has been based in New York for more than 20 years. She started her career as a reporter on Colombian TV and a nationally-distributed magazine, before working at the Jesuit-led NGO CINEP in Bogotá. She got her Ph.D. in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York in 2007. Between 2002 and 2019, Renata worked at the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, a program of the Social Science Research Council. Her most recent position there was associate director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. In this capacity she led over a hundred research projects and workshops examining challenges to democratic governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean, on topics including drug policy, climate change, food resilience and gender. She has published material on constitutionalism, conflict prevention & resolution, drug policy, mining & diaspora politics, among other issues.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin America
  • Conflict
  • Constitutionalism


  • Spanish
  • English

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Latest Updates

COVID-19, Inequality and Protests in Colombia

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk to Crisis Group experts Renata Segura and Beth Dickinson about protests across Colombia, the inequality and police violence that are motivating people to take to the streets, and prospects for reform.

Bolivia’s Landslide Lays to Rest the Fears of Fraud

In a stunning reversal of fortune, Bolivian voters returned the party of former President Evo Morales to power one year after his ouster. The new government should use its remarkable mandate to heal wounds at home and build cross-ideological bridges in its South American neighbourhood.

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