The Non-State Armed Governance Project is coordinated by
Eduardo Moncada (Barnard College, Columbia University), Ana Arjona (Northwestern University), Enrique Desmond Arias (Baruch College, City University of New York), and Zachariah Mampilly (Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, City University of New York). Organizers
I am an Assistant Professor in the Eduardo Moncada. Department of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. My research agenda focuses broadly on crime, urban politics, and subnational comparative analysis. I carry out most of my research in Latin America, but am increasingly interested in building new theoretical, conceptual and empirical connections with similar political dynamics in other regions of the world. In my first book, (Stanford University Press, 2016), I analyzed how the relationships between city mayors, business interests, and criminal organizations shape the ways in which major developing world cities respond to the challenge of urban violence. In my current book, Cities, Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2021), I tackle the following question: Resisting Extortion: Victims, Criminals, and States in Latin America Why do victims resist similar forms of criminal victimization in contrasting ways? In this book I use the widespread but understudied phenomenon of criminal extortion in Latin America to introduce resistance to criminal victimization into the emerging research on the politics of crime. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and other parts of Latin America.
Ph.D., Yale University, is an Associate Professor at the Ana Arjona. Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. She has been a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, and at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In 2018-2019 she was the Director of the Center for the Study of Security and Drugs at Los Andes University in Colombia. Her academic interests include violence and conflict, organized crime, drug policy, the foundations of political order, state building, local governance, and the links between crime and politics. She is also interested in the philosophy of social science. Her current research projects investigate the causes and consequences of institutional change and individual agency in contexts of violence. Her work combines different methods and types of evidence. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and has also carried field research in Kosovo. Her award winning book, (Cambridge University Press, 2016), proposes a theory to explain order and disorder in war zones, as well as the form order takes when it emerges, giving place to different forms of rebel governance. She also co-edited Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2015), the first edited volume on rebel governance. She is currently working on different projects on individual and collective behavior in contexts where non-state armed groups operate, as well as on the legacies of organized violence and militarized governance. Rebel Governance in Civil War
He is the Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs at the Zachariah C. Mampilly. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY and a member of the doctoral faculty in the Department of Political Science at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the Co-Founder of the Program on African Social Research. Previously, he was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Africana Studies Program at Vassar College. In 2012/2013, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is the author of
(Cornell U. Press 2011) and with Adam Branch, Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War (African Arguments, Zed Press 2015). He is the co-editor of Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (Cambridge U. Press 2015) with Ana Arjona and Nelson Kasfir; and Rebel Governance in Civil Wars (Praeger 2011) with Andrea Bartoli and Susan Allen Nan. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Jacobin, The Hindu, Africa’s a Country, N+1, Dissent, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post and elsewhere. Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory
is Marxe Chair of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Professor at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research focuses on security and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Enrique Desmond Arias (Cambridge University Press) and Criminal Enterprises and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (University of North Carolina Press). He is the co-editor of Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro (Duke University Press) and Violent Democracies in Latin America (Duke University Press). His writing has appeared in Comparative Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Latin American Research Review, Current Sociology, the Journal of Latin American Studies, Policing and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Latin American Politics and Society, America’s Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Americas Quarterly, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica and the Revista de Estudios Socio-Juridicos. Cocaine: A Moral Economy
The American Council of Learned Societies, the Open Society Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright Scholars program, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation have provided funding for his research. In addition to his scholarship, he has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UNHabitat). As part of his work with these last two organizations, Professor Arias was the principal author of the United Nations Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space.
is a PhD student of Political Science at the Graduate Center, Juan Corredor-Garcia City University of New York (CUNY). He is currently a Fulbright/Minciencias scholar and co-chair of the Colombian Studies Group. He studies the intersection between rebel and criminal governance in Latin America from a civilian resistance perspective, as well as the politics of green militarization (the war on deforestation) in South America.
Prior coming to CUNY, he worked as a researcher at the
Colombian Truth Commission, Fundación Ideas para la Paz, and InSight Crime. He also served as an advisor to the Risk Assessment Sub-directorate of the National Protection Unit, an entity in charge of implementing protection measures for activists, human rights, and environmental defenders. His book project, “ Varieties of peace. Media, discourse and power in the Havana Agreement” (Editorial Universidad del Rosario), analyzes through a comparative political-sociological approach the media coverage of the Colombian state and the FARC’s negotiation and provides a framework to determine the type of peace that each media outlet outlined in its editorial line. His latest publications include and Pathways of Post-Conflict Violence in Colombia (Small Wars & Insurgencies) He holds a BA in Political Science from Universidad del Rosario and a MPhil in Political Sociology from Sciences Po Bordeaux – Université de Bordeaux thanks to the ¿Qué quiere decir la paz? Sociología de los medios en el Acuerdo de La Habana. Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program. Sponsors