Oliver Kaplan

Oliver Kaplan


Dr. Oliver Kaplan is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University as an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. His forthcoming book, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge University Press), examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence, and his research received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines. His research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Stability, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN, and National Interest. Kaplan received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and completed his B.A. at UC San Diego.

Session: Beyond Narcos: The Prospects for Peace in Colombia

If the Netflix series Narcos was ever an accurate portrait of Colombia, it isn’t any longer. Although Colombia has suffered a 52-year civil war, it is a dynamic and prospering country. Yet, like Narcos, Colombia’s recent months have held high drama. The government was on the cusp of finalizing a historic peace agreement only for voters to reject it in a referendum. Then the president won a Nobel Peace Prize, and negotiations continued. What happened? What are the prospects for a new agreement and sustainable peace? What are the lessons of this experience for Colombia, the U.S., and the world?

Politics & Service | Friday, Nov 11, 2016