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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver campus

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Oliver Kaplan, Assistant Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Oliver KaplanAffiliated with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center
Associate Director of the Korbel Latin America Center


Phone: 303-871-2377

Office: 3024 Sie International Relations Complex
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, Colorado 80208


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  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Research and Expertise

Nonviolence, peacebuilding, human rights, human trafficking, foreign policy, civil war, civilian protection, social movements, counterinsurgency, reintegration, DDR, foreign development assistance, drug-trafficking issues, Latin America, Colombia.

Professional Profile

  • Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2013-present); Lecturer (2012); Affiliate of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy; Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University (2010-2011)
  • His forthcoming book, "Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves" (Cambridge University Press), received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association
  • Regular blogger at Political Violence @ a Glance
  • Council on Foreign Relations Term Member

Recent Publications

Kaplan, Oliver and Enzo Nussio (2016). Explaining Recidivism of Ex-combatants in Colombia. Journal of Conflict Resolution, DOI: 10.1177/0022002716644326

Kaplan, Oliver and Enzo Nussio (2015). Community Counts: The Social Reintegration of Ex-combatants in Colombia. Conflict Management and Peace Science DOI: 10.1177/0738894215614506

Kaplan, Oliver (2013). Nudging armed groups: How civilians transmit norms of protection. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 2(3). 62.

Kaplan, Oliver (2013). Protecting civilians in civil war: The institution of the ATCC in Colombia. 2013. Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 351–367.

Albertus, Michael & Oliver Kaplan (2012). Land reform as a counterinsurgency policy: The case of Colombia. Journal of Conflict Resolution 57(2): 198-231.

Kaplan, Oliver (2015). Peace is Coming to Colombia (Despite recent setbacks, the negotiation process between FARC and the government remains on track). Foreign Policy (Democracy Lab).

Kaplan, Oliver and Kate Castenson (2015) 'To end forced marriage, we must work with the whole community.' (The CNN Freedom Project).

Kaplan, Oliver (2014). Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs (After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem). Foreign Policy (Democracy Lab).

Kaplan, Oliver & Michael Albertus (2012). Colombia's rebels and land reform. The New York Times, October 9, 2012.


  • INTS 4875: Human Rights and Foreign Policy (Fall 2012, Winter 2014, Winter 2015)
  • INTS 4595: Civil Wars and International Responses Part II: Post-War Peacebuilding (Winter 2013)
  • INTS 4630: Civilian Protection in Armed Conflicts (Spring 2013, Winter 2014)
  • INTS 4500: Social Science Methods (Spring 2014, Winter 2015)
  • INTS 4644: Human Rights Research Methods (Fall 2014)