Senior Analyst, Colombia
Crisis Group Role:
Kyle Johnson is Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Colombia since January 2016. He has over 10 years of experience studying the Colombian armed conflict and related issues, and has lived in Bogotá for more than 6 years. Kyle has extensive field experience in the country and has focused on conflict dynamics and peacebuilding on a local level.
Areas of expertise:
- The Colombian armed conflict
- Drug trafficking and illegal economies
- Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR)
- Colombian politics
- Armed conflict theories
- Role of violence in social power
Kyle worked for 3 years at the Bogotá-based NGO Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, as well as in Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory. He also served for over two years at the International Organization for Migration as the Coordinator of its Analysis Unit.
He studied Political Science at the University of Connecticut and received a Master's in Political Science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
- “Las Bacrim también son políticas”, (6 May 2013), Semana
- Johnson, Kyle and Jonsson, Michael, “The Drug Wars of Putumayo – Illicit Markets, Non-State Armed Competition and Repression of Civilians in Colombia’s Southern Border Region”, Presented November 19, 2013, at The Latin American Research Seminar, organised by the Stockholm University Institute of Latin America Studies.
- “Tierra, capital social y poder político en el conflicto colombiano”, (18 August 2013), Razón Pública
- Johnson, Kyle and Jonsson, Michael, “Colombia: Ending the Forever War?”, (2013) Survival 55(1): 67-86.
- “FARC, ERPAC, Cuchillo y Caracho: un mundo de amenazas cruzadas”, (November 2011), Razón Pública
- “La violencia en los tiempos de elecciones”, (5 October 2011), Semana
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