The United States and Colombia: The Journey from Ambiguity to Strategic Clarity
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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There has been a remarkable turnaround in the policy of the United States towards Colombia. It has gone from an exclusive focus on counter narcotics to a comprehensive recognition of that nations deeply-rooted problems. The factors that drove this change are the tragic events of September 11, 2001, as well as the increased terrorism of the insurgents that threaten the state and society in Colombia. The evolution of American policy takes into account a recurring global geopolitical reality, of which Colombia is a paradigm the problem of weak states and ungoverned space. Colombias weak state is beset with a complex interaction of violence and corruption from the terrorist left and right, as well as the workings of international organized crime that prospers on the movement of illicit narcotics. At stake for the United States and the hemispheric community is the security of the immediate Andean and adjacent areas. Given the regions worsening economic situation and the fragility of democratic institutions, the strategic denial of Latin America is taking shape.
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