Recent Changes in the Armed Conflict in Colombia

25 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2009 Last revised: 26 Sep 2014

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Fernando Estrada

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Finanzas, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales

Date Written: December 13, 2009

Abstract

Analyst in the strategy and operations of guerrillas and paramilitaries, have suggested that the Colombian conflict analysis should show the differences between clusters paramilitary. Not only because after the 80s, drug trafficking has played a decisive role, but because the geography of territories and control combinations have not been studied sufficiently. Geography of armed conflict should also provide tools to understand the impact of war on natural resources, for example. We sustain that while the drug economy has filtered the structure of semi-groups, promoting market competition and private security protection, drug trafficking does not explain absolutely all sources of violence in Colombia. The strategy of armed conflict has its main actors incentives are deeply rooted in unequal economic relations. There differences between regions in the center and the periphery of the Colombia and asymmetrical forms of development, poverty, unemployment and corruption. These are variables in which the drug is not directly involved but are part of historical attitudes that require our analysis.

Keywords: Colombia, Armed Conflict, Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, Paramilitary Counterinsurgency War, Game Theory and Inconsistent Information

JEL Classification: D74, H56, D81, H23

Suggested Citation

Estrada, Fernando, Recent Changes in the Armed Conflict in Colombia (December 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1522882

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