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



Oliver Kaplan


Dr. Oliver Kaplan is an Assistant Professor in International Security and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center and an affiliate of the Sié Center. His main research interests include the study of alternative conflict resolution and counterinsurgency strategies. His current book project,  Between Cooperation and Resistance: How War-torn Communities Protect Themselves in Colombia and Beyond,  examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence and received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association. He is currently working on additional projects on programs for ex-combatants, human trafficking, and civilian nonviolent movements. His research has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School working with the Empirical Studies of Conflict project and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University from 2010-2011.


Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves, Cambridge University Press (July 2017).

Journal Articles

"Explaining Recidivism of Ex-combatants in Colombia," with Enzo Nussio, Journal of Conflict Resolution (May 2016).

"Community Counts: The Social Reintegration of Ex-combatants in Colombia," with Enzo Nussio, Conflict Management and Peace Science  (November 2015).

"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)