Accession Number : ADA467388


Title :   Sequencing: Targeting Insurgents and Drugs in Colombia


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Farrell, Michelle L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a467388.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : Peru's success in first defeating the Shining Path guerrilla movement in the early 1990s and then reducing coca cultivation in the mid-1990s demonstrates the effectiveness of a sequential approach to these problems. However, is the sequential approach an effective model for handling the dual threat, particularly in Colombia? This thesis examines the overall effectiveness of two distinctly different strategies for dealing with the dual threat of drugs and terrorism in Colombia: President Pastrana's drugs first strategy and President Uribe's unified campaign against both guerrillas and drugs. The analysis shows that President Uribe's unified campaign was more effective than President Pastrana's sequential strategy. While President Pastrana's drugs first strategy was relatively effective in targeting the illicit drug trade, it did not eliminate the illicit drug industry nor did it achieve its secondary objective of weakening the war-making capacity of the FARC-EP. President Uribe's unified strategy met with substantial initial success as regional and national security dramatically improved and a weakening of the FARC-EP was observed. Despite such success, elimination of the FARC-EP still remains beyond Colombia's reach and the continuation of counter-narcotic policies seems to be reaping diminishing returns. To continue making progress against both threats a continuation of a comprehensive unified campaign is required.


Descriptors :   *STRATEGY , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , *COLOMBIA , *DRUG INTERDICTION , *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *COCAINE , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , DRUG SMUGGLING , INSURGENCY , GUERRILLA WARFARE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , COUNTERTERRORISM , HISTORY , THESES , POLICIES , MILITARY ASSISTANCE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE