Ivan Briscoe

Former Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Security and Justice


  • Americas

Expertise: fragile states; state-led economic development; organized crime; Latin American politics.

Until August 2016 Ivan Briscoe was a Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Unit of Clingendael. At the CRU he specialized in the political economy of post-conflict countries and analysis of organized crime, with a regional focus on Latin America, North Africa and Syria. His particular interests include drug trafficking, shadow state structures and the dynamics of inequality.

Prior to joining Clingendael in 2009, he was Senior Researcher at the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) in Madrid, where he studied fragile states and conflict. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as a journalist and newspaper editor in Latin America, France and Spain.

He graduated from Oxford University (Magdalen College) with a First Class Honour’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Development from the Complutense University of Madrid. In June 2016 Ivan left Clingendael and joined the International Crisis Group in Bogotá, Colombia as Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.



My work



Conflict and Fragility

A violent compound: competition, crime and modern conflict

05 November 2015 - 14:01
Conflict and Fragility

Humanitarian frontiers: violence in Mexico & Central America

26 October 2015 - 14:47
Conflict and Fragility

Communities, insecurity and urban life in fragile states

02 June 2015 - 09:55
Conflict and Fragility

Stopping the Serrata: why we need a holistic approach to inclusiveness

01 April 2015 - 12:26
Conflict and Fragility

Crime and the state: Latin America’s season of scandal

24 February 2015 - 14:36
Security and Defence

Peacekeeping operations in a changing world

16 February 2015 - 10:46
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