Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia

Paperback | January 4, 2010

byJennifer S. Holmes, Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Kevin M. Curtin

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For decades, Colombia has contended with a variety of highly publicized conflicts, including the rise of paramilitary groups in response to rebel insurgencies of the 1960s, the expansion of an illegal drug industry that has permeated politics and society since the 1970s, and a faltering economy in the 1990s. An unprecedented analysis of these struggles, Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia brings together leading scholars from a variety of fields, blending previously unseen quantitative data with historical analysis for an impressively comprehensive assessment. Culminating in an inspiring plan for peace, based on Four Cornerstones of Pacification, this landmark work is sure to spur new calls for change in this corner of Latin America and beyond.

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For decades, Colombia has contended with a variety of highly publicized conflicts, including the rise of paramilitary groups in response to rebel insurgencies of the 1960s, the expansion of an illegal drug industry that has permeated politics and society since the 1970s, and a faltering economy in the 1990s. An unprecedented analysis o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.02 × 6.03 × 0.55 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292721544

ISBN - 13:9780292721548

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Historical and Geographical Propensities to ViolenceChapter 3: Colombian Economic History: Regional Context and Colombian PoliciesChapter 4: The Main Actors in the 1990s and into the Twenty-first Century: Guerrillas and ParamilitariesChapter 5: Differences within Colombia and Available Subnational DataChapter 6: Guns and Protection: Guerrillas and ParamilitariesChapter 7: The Effects of Illegal Drugs and Violence on the Colombian EconomyChapter 8: Acknowledging Constraints to Find Comprehensive Peace: The Four Cornerstones of PacificationNotesBibliographyIndex

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The use of an interdisciplinary approach, including geography, history, economics, and politics, gives this book a flavor that is distinct from others in the field. . . . The data on economics and the impacts of drug production and drug trafficking are innovative and difficult to find elsewhere. . . . A valuable resource. - William L. Furlong, Professor of Political Science, Utah State University