9781842775462

America's Other War Terrorizing Colombia

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  • ISBN13:

    9781842775462

  • ISBN10:

    1842775464

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-04-02
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

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Summary

This controversial bookmaintains that in Colombia the US has long supported a pervasive campaign of state violence directed against both armed insurgents and a wide range of unarmed progressive social forces. While the context may change from one decade to the next, the basic policies remain the same: maintain the pro-US Colombian state, protect US economic interests and preserve strategic access to oil. Colombia is now the third largest recipient of US military aid in the world, and the largest by far in Latin America. Using extensive declassified documents, this book shows that the so-called "war on drugs", and now the new war on terror in Colombia are actually part of a long-term Colombian "war of state terror" that predates the end of the Cold War with US policy contributing directly to the human rights situation in Colombia today.

Author Biography

Doug Stokes is a lecturer in International Politics at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth, University of Wales.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Glossary vii
Foreword by Noam Chomsky viii
Introduction: interpreting US foreign policy in Colombia 1(17)
2 US objectives in Latin America during the Cold War 18(21)
Orthodox interpretations of US Cold War foreign policy: East versus West
18(3)
Revisionist historiography and US Cold War foreign policy: North versus South
21(4)
What was the USA containing in Latin America during the Cold War?
25(7)
Soviet policy in Latin America
32(7)
3 US objectives in Latin America after the Cold War 39(18)
US post-Cold War foreign and security policy objectives: the discontinuity thesis
39(7)
US post-Cold War foreign policy: the continuity thesis
46(11)
4 Installing state terror in Colombia 57(27)
US CI strategy and the legitimation of state terrorism
59(8)
Antecedents to US CI in Colombia: la violencia
67(4)
US policy, Plan Lazo and paramilitarism
71(3)
The Colombian peace process and the democratic opening
74(10)
5 From communism to the war on terror 84(38)
From Bush to Clinton: the decertification of Colombia
87(5)
Clinton's legacy: 'Plan Colombia'
92(13)
From narco-guerrillas to narco-terrorists: the Andean Regional Initiative and the USA's new 'war on terror'
105(17)
6 Conclusion: counter-insurgency, capital and crude 122(15)
Sources 137(4)
Index 141

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