Accession Number : ADA427314


Title :   Colombia's Resurrection: Alternative Development is the Key to Democratic Security


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Fleming, Adam L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a427314.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 73


Abstract : This thesis examines the role of alternative development in the Colombian and U.S. governments' counter drug strategies. Both governments include alternative development as a part of their policies, but provide limited funding to the programs when compared to the funding for forced eradication and security measures. Existing policies have produced reductions in drug cultivation in many areas and the Colombian government has made gains in security throughout the country, particularly the remote rural regions. These gains make conditions in Colombia suitable for large-scale alternative development supported by increased funding. Both governments are addressing components of successful alternative development programs, but funding disparities are hindering the effectiveness of the programs. While the international and European communities are staunch supporters of alternative development, the funding provided by them has been limited in scope because of disagreement with the U.S.-backed eradication policies. The U.S. and Colombian governments in conjunction with the international community must focus more on alternative development in order to consolidate the recent gains in democratic security.


Descriptors :   *POLICIES , *COLOMBIA , *ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , *FINANCIAL ALLOTMENT , NATIONAL SECURITY , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , MILITARY ASSISTANCE , THESES , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , COCAINE , DEMOCRACY , GUERRILLA WARFARE , DRUG INTERDICTION , NARCOTICS , DRUG SMUGGLING , FARM CROPS , EUROPEAN UNION


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE