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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.

Teaching

  • 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
great power Social Sciences
structural change Social Sciences
terrorism Social Sciences
political economy Social Sciences
class struggle Social Sciences
profit Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2017

Foreword

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

Iran
Saudi Arabia
imperialism
military conflict
Sunni

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Somalia
Turkey
Djibouti
NATO
Ethiopia

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)

imperialism
warfare
Colombia
anti-imperialism
economic control
Open Access
File
Revolution
Colombia
Solitude
Solidarity
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)

liberation
terrorism
state terror
political violence
psychological warfare

Activities 2002 2018

  • 17 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
  • 3 External research and teaching
  • 2 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee
  • 1 Conference

Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia (Journal)

Oliver Villar (Reviewer), Angela T Ragusa (Editor in chief)
06 Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Working USA: the journal of labor and society (Journal)

Oliver Villar (Reviewer), Immanuel Ness (Editor in chief)
11 Nov 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Colombia Prospects and challenges in the context of the Peace Process

Oliver Villar (Speaker)
09 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

The left in crisis?: problems of strategy and ideology in the age of 21st century imperialism

Oliver Villar (Speaker)
29 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

United for Colombia

Oliver Villar (Speaker)
24 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry