The Peruvian Government's Counterinsurgency Efforts to Defeat the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path)
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study analyzes the counterinsurgency efforts of the Peruvian government to defeat the Maoist Shining Path movement. An examination of the government response within the context of the Peruvian environment reveals the governments failure to recognize socioeconomic conditions which give the Sender its strength. The author further examines the nature of the insurgency, its leader, ideology, objectives, organization and tactics which contribute to the movements success. The governments military solution to a political military problem and its subsequent failed counterinsurgency efforts validate the hypothesis that Peru is losing the war against the Sendero.
- Unconventional Warfare