Ivan Briscoe is a fellow at the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute, The Hague. A graduate in politics and philosophy from Oxford University, he subsequently specialised in the field of developing countries. He has worked as a reporter and newspaper editor in Latin America, France and Spain, and more recently as an expert in fragile states and conflict. He specialises in the political economy of post-conflict countries, focusing on Latin America. His particular interests include drug trafficking, shadow states and the dynamics of inequality. The views expressed in this report are exclusively those of the author.