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Colombian labyrinth [electronic resource] : the synergy of drugs and insurgency and its implications for regional stability / Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk.

By: Rabasa, Angel.
Contributor(s): Chalk, Peter.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2001Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 113 p.) : maps.ISBN: 0585388687 (electronic bk.); 9780585388687 (electronic bk.); 9780833032416 (electronic bk.); 0833032410 (electronic bk.); 9780833029942; 0833029940.Subject(s): National security -- Colombia | Colombia -- Strategic aspects | National security -- Latin America | Colombia -- Politics and government -- 1974- | Insurgency -- Colombia -- History -- 20th century | Guerrillas -- Colombia -- History -- 20th century | Drug traffic -- Colombia -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Military relations -- Colombia | Colombia -- Military relations -- United States | HISTORY | Electronic books | RAND Corporation | Guerrillas | Paramilitary forces | Drug traffic | Electronic books | Civil war | ColombiaGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Colombian labyrinth.DDC classification: 986.106/35 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- The Illegal Drug Trade -- Origins and Development of the Guerrillas -- Guerrilla Strategy -- The Illegal Self-Defense Groups: Cause or Symptom of the Disorder? -- Colombian Government Strategy -- The Peace Negotiations -- Colombian Futures -- A Wider Conflict? -- Implications for U.S. Interests -- Appendix: The Colombian Armed Forces.
Summary: U.S. policy toward Colombia has been driven to a large extent by counter-narcotics considerations, but the evolving situation in that South American country confronts the United States with as much of a national security as a drug policy problem. Colombia is a geostrategically important country, whose trajectory will influence broader trends in the Andean region and beyond. Colombian Labyrinth examines the sources of instability in the country; the objectives, strategy, strengths, and weaknesses of the government, guerrillas, and paramilitaries and the balances among them; and the effects of the current U.S. assistance program. Possible scenarios and futures for Colombia are laid out, with implications for both the United States and neighboring countries. The authors find that instability in Colombia stems from the interaction and synergies of the underground drug economy and armed challenges to the state's authority. Solutions to the core problem--the weakness of the Colombian state--must focus on resolving the broader set of political-military challenges that result from the convergence of drug trafficking and insurgency. The authors recommend that Colombia's military and institutional capabilities be improved to enable the Colombian government to regain control of the countryside and that, at the same time, the United States work with Colombia's neighbors to contain the risk of spillover and regional destabilization.
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Introduction -- The Illegal Drug Trade -- Origins and Development of the Guerrillas -- Guerrilla Strategy -- The Illegal Self-Defense Groups: Cause or Symptom of the Disorder? -- Colombian Government Strategy -- The Peace Negotiations -- Colombian Futures -- A Wider Conflict? -- Implications for U.S. Interests -- Appendix: The Colombian Armed Forces.

U.S. policy toward Colombia has been driven to a large extent by counter-narcotics considerations, but the evolving situation in that South American country confronts the United States with as much of a national security as a drug policy problem. Colombia is a geostrategically important country, whose trajectory will influence broader trends in the Andean region and beyond. Colombian Labyrinth examines the sources of instability in the country; the objectives, strategy, strengths, and weaknesses of the government, guerrillas, and paramilitaries and the balances among them; and the effects of the current U.S. assistance program. Possible scenarios and futures for Colombia are laid out, with implications for both the United States and neighboring countries. The authors find that instability in Colombia stems from the interaction and synergies of the underground drug economy and armed challenges to the state's authority. Solutions to the core problem--the weakness of the Colombian state--must focus on resolving the broader set of political-military challenges that result from the convergence of drug trafficking and insurgency. The authors recommend that Colombia's military and institutional capabilities be improved to enable the Colombian government to regain control of the countryside and that, at the same time, the United States work with Colombia's neighbors to contain the risk of spillover and regional destabilization.

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