The Colombian crisis in historical perspective

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This article explores the nineteenth- and twentieth-century roots of the present violence in Colombia and the main actors involved therein. Focus- ing on the civilian government, the Colombian military, the FARC and ELN guerrillas, and the paramilitaries, it emphasizes the chronic weakness of the state, the privatization and regionalization of conflict, the impact of the cocaine export economy, and the difficulties of coming to a peace agreement. This arti- cle also explains connections and differences between the Colombian violence of the 1950s and the current conflict, and it provides a guide to the literature authored by Colombian social scientists on the subject

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  • Catherine C. LeGrand

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