Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana / Edition 2

Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana / Edition 2

by Harvey F. Kline
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817354107

ISBN-13: 9780817354107

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Charts the progress and failure of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana’s efforts to bring an end to sixty years of civil war.

The civil war in Colombia has waxed and waned for almost sixty years with shifting goals, programs, and tactics among the contending parties and with bursts of appalling violence punctuated by uneasy truces, cease-fires

Overview

Charts the progress and failure of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana’s efforts to bring an end to sixty years of civil war.

The civil war in Colombia has waxed and waned for almost sixty years with shifting goals, programs, and tactics among the contending parties and with bursts of appalling violence punctuated by uneasy truces, cease-fires, and attempts at reconciliation. Varieties of Marxism, the economics of narco-trafficking, peasant land hunger, poverty, and oppression mix together in a toxic stew that has claimed uncounted lives of (most often) peasants, conscript soldiers, and people who just got in the way.

Hope for resolution of this conflict is usually confined to dreamers and millenialists of various persuasions, but occasionally an attempt is made at a breakthrough in the military stalemate between the government and the Marxist groups. One of the most promising such attempts was made by new Colombian President Andrés Pastrana at a time when the main rebel groups seemed receptive to serious dialogue. This book is an account of that effort at peace, accompanied at the outset by domestic and international support and hope, and yet doomed like so many others to eventual failure.

Through interviews with many of the actors in this drama, as well as an understanding of the various interest groups and economic forces at work in Colombia, Dr. Kline charts the progress and ultimate failure of this effort, and thereby hopes to increase understanding of the causes of its lack of success. The importance of the resolution of the conflict to the region and to ordinary citizens of this troubled land cannot be overstated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817354107
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,041,883
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Dedication     v
Preface     ix
The Context for Failure     1
Colombia before the Presidency of Andres Pastrana: The Context for Failure     5
The Immediate Context for the Pastrana Negotiations: The Government of Ernesto Samper (1994-1998)     27
The Negotiations between the Government and the Guerrilla Groups     47
The FARC Negotiations Begin: June 1998-January 1999     49
The First Agreements of the FARC Negotiations: January 1999-January 2001     67
The Negotiations in 2001: Agreements on Process but Not on Substance     90
The FARC Negotiations End: January-February 2002     112
The ELN Discussions through the Declaration of Geneva: September 1998-July 2000     126
The Failure of the ELN Discussions     147
Conclusions     167
Why the Pastrana Peace Process Failed     169
Notes     187
Bibliography     213
Index     223

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