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Oliver was born in Mendoza, Argentina and has lived in Sydney for most of his life. In 2008 he completed his PhD on the political economy of contemporary Colombia in the context of the cocaine drug trade at the then Latin American Research Group (LARG) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Whilst completing his PhD, Oliver's research interests in political economy and the 'war on drugs' and 'war on terrorism' followed teaching positions in politics at UWS and Macquarie University. His published scholarly work focuses on international relations concerns, such as the exploitation of labour and natural resources for profit, security and conflict between the Global North and Global South, and the socio-political and environmental impacts of global capitalism.

At CSU Oliver's academic interests continue to focus on the vast and dynamic reservoir of political economy and the study of class analysis and class relations. This abiding interest extends across critical security studies, American foreign policy, and United States-China-Latin America relations. His book 'Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror: U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia' (2012) was published by Monthly Review Press. His current research project investigates the subject of growing great power rivalries in the twenty-first century within Latin America and the Caribbean, with special attention on China's rise and US efforts to maintain its position as the dominant hegemonic power in the Americas and the world.


  • International Relations 
  • International History From 1945
  • Power, Politics and Propaganda in the Media
  • Australian Political Institutions
  • Australia and Asia
  • Introductory Sociology

Research Interests

  • United States-China-Latin America relations: great power rivalries, the rise of China, US-Colombian relations and politics.
  • Critical security studies: international security and great powers; economic and resource security; territorial conflicts and cross-border security; grand strategy; intra-state conflicts, insurgencies and guerrilla movements.
  • American foreign policy: counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategy; state violence; civil wars and proxy wars.
  • International political economy: capitalism, globalisation, class analysis and class relations between and within the First World and Third World (or Global North and Global South).

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Colombia Social Sciences
imperialism Social Sciences
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structural change Social Sciences
terrorism Social Sciences
political economy Social Sciences
profit Social Sciences
warfare Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2017


Villar, O., May 2017, Syria: The Hegemonic Flashpoint between Iran and Saudi Arabia?. Antonopoulos, P. & Cottle, D. (eds.). New Delhi: Vij Publishing Group, p. 1

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperForeword/postscript

Saudi Arabia
military conflict

Somalia: Turkey’s pivot to Africa in the context of growing inter-imperialist rivalries

Antonopoulos, P., Villar, O., Cottle, D. & Ahmed, A., 01 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Comparative Politics. 10, 2, p. 4-18 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

FARC in Colombia: 21st Century US Imperialism and Class Warfare

Villar, O. D. & Cottle, D., 2015, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Ness, I. & Cope, Z. (eds.). 2 ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 321-341 20 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

economic control
Open Access
21st Century

Untouchable Compradores? Colombian State Narco-Terrorism and the People's Struggle for National Liberation.

Villar, O., 2012, Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence: The 'War on Terror' as Terror.. Poynting, S. & Whyte, D. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 139-155 17 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

state terror
political violence
psychological warfare

Activities 2002 2018

  • 21 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial activity