Accession Number : ADA497536


Title :   Flipping the COIN and Winning: Lessons from Colombia


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Hester, III, Joseph F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a497536.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 46


Abstract : In the late 1990s, Colombia appeared destined for utter collapse. Facing a possible narco-terrorist state releasing a torrent of illegal drugs, the United States supported Plan Colombia, a broad effort to bolster police and military Counter- Insurgency (COIN) efforts and reform Colombian governance. President Uribe, driving his Democratic Security program, helped dramatically reverse Colombia's downward trajectory in the eight years since Plan Colombia's inception. Joint, interagency, and combined efforts in Colombia reduced violence, improved the economy, and significantly diminished the size and capability of Colombia's various insurgent groups and paramilitaries. Successes against Colombia's well funded, long standing, committed insurgencies provide useful insights for US and coalition fighters in other theaters. The illicit drug trade remains resilient, despite a coordinated coalition effort to reduce production and trafficking. Lessons learned in Colombia highlight recommendations for other US COIN operations.


Descriptors :   *NARCOTICS , *COLOMBIA , *LESSONS LEARNED , TERRORISM , COUNTERINSURGENCY , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , ECONOMICS , POLICE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE