Drugs and Insurgents in Colombia: A Regional Conundrum
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Drug trafficking and political insurgency in Colombia could well confront the United States with the most serious security challenge in the Western Hemisphere since the Central American wars of the 1980s. The second-oldest democracy in Latin America, Colombia is a strategically important country that lies adjacent to Venezuelas oil fields, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean basin. Colombias political trajectory will influence the direction of broader trends in the unstable Andean region and beyond. To date, the United States response to Colombias crisis has been limited to the provision of military assistance and technical support to the Colombian governments counternarcotics effort. However, Colombias narcotics and insurgency problems are so intimately intertwined that dealing effectively with one will almost certainly involve dealing with the other. U.S. policymakers and military planners therefore have a compelling need to gain further insight into the intricacies of Colombias internal crisis.
- Sociology and Law