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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy



Oliver Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is an expert on civilian participation and community organizations in Colombia and has studied how communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence. He has diverse research interests in the issues areas of counterinsurgency, civilian protection and autonomy, indigenous groups, and land tenancy.

Journal Articles

"Nudging Armed Groups: How Civilians Transmit Norms of Protection," Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 2(3):62 (December 2013).

"Protecting Civilians in Civil War: The Institution of the ATCC in Colombia," Journal of Peace Research 50, no. 3 (May 2013).

"Land Reform as a Counterinsurgency Policy: Evidence from Colombia," with Michael Albertus, Journal of Conflict Resolution 57, no. 2 (2013).


"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 (June 13, 2014). 

 "Can Colombia build on its democratic opening?" CNN's Global Public Square (November 19, 2013).

"Land for Peace in Colombia," (The Key to Ending Bogotá's War With the FARC), with Michael Albertus, Foreign Affairs (April 15, 2013).

"Colombia's Rebels and Land Reform," with Michael Albertus, The New York Times (October 9, 2012).

"A New Approach to the Drug War," National Interest (July 26, 2012).

"Needles into Ploughshares (Want to fight Latin America's drug problem? Try land reform)," with Michael Albertus, Foreign Policy: Democracy Lab (April 12, 2012)