Peace, Democracy, And Human Rights in Colombia

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
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Colombia is home to the longest-running guerilla war in this hemisphere, a war that has evolved into a multisided conflict. Why has Colombia's internal war become so entrenched? Why have peace efforts failed to produce durable agreements? Why has Colombia's long-standing democracy experienced such glaring failures? Who should be held accountable for the violence suffered by the Colombian people? Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Colombia addresses these pressing questions and delves deeply into the underlying politics and bedrock human rights issues in Colombia. Authored by leading Colombian and U.S. scholars, the chapters examine Colombia's attempts at negotiating peace, the weakening of political institutions, patterns of violence, and human-rights politics. Contributors also consider the influential role played by the United States and the impact of drugs on politics. For scholars, this timely collection provides a theoretical understanding of human rights violations, corruption, political fragmentation, and reform. Policy makers will find careful analyses and debate about policy outcomes and alternatives, as well as recommendations for action to protect rights, strengthen democracy, and pursue peace. Students will find a route to understanding the history and dynamics of Colombia's contemporary challenges of human rights, democracy, and peace.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Colombia's Triple Challenge: Peace, Democracy, and Human Rightsp. 3
"Que haiga paz!" The Cultural Contexts of Conflict in Colombiap. 23
From Smugglers to Drug Lords to Traquetos: Changes in the Colombian Illicit Drug Organizationsp. 60
Colombia: In Search of a New Model for Conflict Resolutionp. 90
The Peace Process in Colombia and U.S. Policyp. 132
Political Reform after 1991: What Still Needs to Be Reformed?p. 167
Deepening Democracy by Renovating Political Practices: The Struggle for Electoral Reform in Colombiap. 202
Organized Crime and the Political System in Colombia (1978-1998)p. 267
Human Rights
U.S. Foreign Policy in Colombia: Bizarre Side Effects of the "War on Drugs"p. 309
Human Rights: A Path to Democracy and Peace in Colombiap. 353
This War Cannot Be Won with Bulletsp. 415
Contributorsp. 433
Indexp. 439
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