Catalina Uribe Burcher

Senior Programme Officer
Conflict and security and money in politics


Catalina Uribe Burcher is a Senior Programme Officer for Democracy, Conflict and Security. Uribe Burcher focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes in Latin America, West Africa and the Baltic States. Presently, she is leading the design of a tool that assesses the threat of the nexus between organized crime and democratic politics.

Uribe Burcher’s work experience prior to International IDEA includes working in Sweden as an international consultant on transitional justice, peacebuilding and human security, as well as in Colombia as coordinator of the Victims’ Programme for the Medellin Municipality. She has also worked as a teacher and researcher on human rights and criminal law for the University of Antioquia and University EAFIT, and as a private attorney.

In 2012 she was awarded the Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Uribe Burcher has also contributed various articles to ISN, Open Democracy and InSight Crime.

Recent Op-Eds:

Is democracy good for peace, The Washington Post , 15 September 2017

Liu Xiaobo and the struggle for democracy, Open Democracy, 21 July 2017

From Netflix ‘Narcos’ to Peru: money, drugs and elections, Open Democracy,15 March 2016

LL.M degree in International and Comparative Law (Uppsala University, Sweden).
Contact Information: 
Stockholm, Sweden