Irene Cabrera has a B.A in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia (UEC) and graduate studies in geography from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is a professor in the School of Finance, Government and International Relations at the UEC and member of the Research Center and Special Projects (CIPE). Between 2008 and 2012, she was coordinator in Colombia of the United Nations academic network on private security. Her topics of interest are geography of armed conflicts and violence, dynamics of the war in border zones, as well as mercenaries and private contractors. She has publications with Oxford University Press, the European Union Institute at Firenze, the Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), among others. Irene Cabrera is a M.A. candidate on Public and International Affairs with certification in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2012, she came to study to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship. She joins ISA in Fall 2013 working on a project on the armed conflict in Colombia and the Andes region.