I am the Director of the Global Security Programme and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Pembroke College, and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. I am further Senior Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, and affiliate at the Latin American Centre. I am former (2019 – 2021) Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. I am Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute Geneva. I hold a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

My work focuses on global security in the contemporary world. I study evolving security dynamics in the context of armed conflict, unstable regions, and the global illicit economy, transitions from war to peace, and state responses to insecurity. I am particularly interested in the role that diverse types of violent non-state groups play in these dynamics. Among other areas, I focus on the political economy of borderlands as spaces where criminal, terrorist, and conflict dynamics converge. Methodologically, I am fascinated by the use of ethnographic methods in Political Science and International Relations, as well as multi-methods research. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in war-torn and crisis-affected regions, including in and on Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Myanmar and Kenya (on Somalia).

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Contact: annette.idler(at); annetteirisidler(at)