• 4 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20032020

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Personal profile

Personal profile

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 Columbia in the context of the cocaine drug trade at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), offering a radical critique of the ‘war on drugs’, the ‘war on terrorism’ and the global drug trade.

He has been a lecturer since 2002, teaching politics, history, and sociology on a range of humanities and social science undergraduate programs at UWS, Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University (CSU). 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 revolve around 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 contemporary imperialism. His book 'Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror: U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia' (2011) was published by Monthly Review. His current research project investigates the subject of growing great power rivalries of the twenty-first century, with special attention on the globalisation of production and its shift to low-wage countries – particularly China – and US efforts to maintain its position as the leading hegemonic power in the Americas and in 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

  • Global rivalries of the twenty-first century: the US, China, and Russia in the Americas and the world; contemporary imperialism, inter-imperial rivalry, and resistance.
  • 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, corporatism, neoliberalism, globalisation, class analysis and class relations between and within the First World and Third World (or Global North and Global South), and the West and East.

Professional Information

External Appointments and Memberships:

  • Latin America Social Forum (LASF), Sydney Australia (member);
  • Latin American House Inc, Melbourne Australia

Editorial roles on Journals:

  • Rural Society (Reviewer)
  • Journal of Labor and Society (LANDS), (Reviewer)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney

2009

Bachelor of Arts (Politics) (Honours), University of Western Sydney

2002

Bachelor of Arts (Politics/Sociology), University of Western Sydney

2001

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Research Output

A pandemic in an era of U.S.-China rivalry and neoliberalism

Villar, O., 10 May 2020, In : Independent Australia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Villar, O. D. & Cottle, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Ness, I. & Cope, Z. (eds.). 2nd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

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

    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

  • 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

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    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.). 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 321-341 20 p.

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

  • Activities

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

    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

    United for Colombia

    Oliver Villar (Speaker)

    24 Sep 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