Dr Zakia Shiraz

Lecturer in International Politics

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  • Email:  zs108@le.ac.uk

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7533
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Personal details

  • BA, Liverpool (2008)
  • PhD, Warwick (2014)

I am a Lecturer in International Politics and joined Leicester in 2016.

My research interests lie in the areas of Latin American security, violent conflict, organised crime and intelligence in the region. My most recent project is a monograph entitled 'Conflict in Colombia 1948-2020', which is due to be published with Edinburgh University Press. Using declassified material from archives in Colombia, USA and UK and extensive fieldwork, this work provides an up-to-date history of one of the world's longest civil conflicts.

I am also a Research Associate at CERAC (Centro de Recursos para el Análisis de Conflictos) in Bogotá, Colombia.


Principle Investigator: GCRF, 'Negotiating Participatory Peace in Colombia', 2020.

Co-Investigator: GCRF-HEFCE, 'Megacities and Development', 2018.



Colombia in Conflict, 1948-2020 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

Journal articles

'Diplomats Under Siege: The M-19 and the Dominican Embassy Takeover of 1980,' International History Review, Vol. 42, No. 5 (2020).

'Secrecy, Spies and Global South: Intelligence Studies beyond the 'Five Eyes' Alliance,' International Affairs, Vol. 96, No. 6 (2019), co-authored with Richard J. Aldrich.

'Drugs and Dirty Wars: Intelligence Cooperation in the Global South,' Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 10 (2013).

'CIA Intervention in Chile and the fall of the Allende Government in 1973,' Journal of American Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3 (2011).

Edited Special Issue

'Megacities and Security: The Urban Century,' Cambridge Review of International Affairs,(forthcoming 2020), co-edited with Athina Karatzogianni.

Book chapters

‘Intelligence in the Global South: China, Colombia and South Africa,’ Christopher Andrew et al. (eds.), Secret Intelligence: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2019, 2nd edition), co-authored with John Kasuku.

'Globalisation and Intelligence,' in Robert Dover et al. (eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk and Intelligence (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

‘Globalisation and Borders,’ in Robert Dover et al. (eds.), Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies (London: Routledge, 2013), co-authored with Richard J. Aldrich.

Public Engagement

Intelligence and Security Agencies in the Global South, Undercurrents Podcast Series, Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK (December 2019).

Cybersecurity Challenges in Latin America, Testigo Directo, Caracol International News Network, Colombia (November 2018).

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