Strategy for Peru: A Political-Military Dialogue
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This report is the product of a roundtable held at the U.S. Army War College on June 16, 1992, in response to the growing socioeconomic and political crisis in Peru. Its purpose was to bring together a wide range of experts from both government and academia to discuss causes and nature of the crisis, probable outcomes, and implications for the United States and, in particular, the U.S. Army. They examined U.S. interests in the region, the prospects for a Sendero Luminoso Shining Path victory, and laid out some of the elements of a strategy that might increase the chances of an outcome acceptable to both the U. S. and Peruvian governments. There was a general consensus that the current U.S. policy, which seeks to push President Fujimori back on the road to democracy, is the right one. Selective sanctions have demonstrated our resolve without so completely isolating the Peruvian government and crippling the economy as to threaten the regimes immediate survival. At the same time, a formidable long- range problem remains unresolved an apparent conflict between our counterinsurgency and counternarcotics objectives exists such that the pursuit of the latter may prove detrimental to the attainment of the former. New World Order Peruvian equation Sendero Luminoso SL coca narcotraffic insurgents counterinsurgency counternarcotics.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare