Systems of Violence: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia / Edition 1

Systems of Violence: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia / Edition 1

by Nazih Richani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791453464

ISBN-13: 9780791453469

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This work examines the political, economic, and military factors that have contributed to thirty-seven years of protracted violent conflict in Colombia. Using four years of field research, and more than 200 interviews, Nazih Richani examines Colombia’s “war system”—the systemic interlacing relationship among actors in conflict, their respective…  See more details below

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This work examines the political, economic, and military factors that have contributed to thirty-seven years of protracted violent conflict in Colombia. Using four years of field research, and more than 200 interviews, Nazih Richani examines Colombia’s “war system”—the systemic interlacing relationship among actors in conflict, their respective political economy, and also the overall political economy of the system they help in creating. Two key questions are raised: Why do some conflicts protract, and when they do protract, what types of socioeconomic and political configurations make peaceful resolutions difficult to obtain? Also addressed are the lessons of other protracted conflicts, such as those found in Lebanon, Angola, and Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453469
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Global Politics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Institutional Failure: Genesis of the War System11
Ch. 3The Military and the Comfortable Impasse37
Ch. 4Guerrillas and the Impasse59
Ch. 5Paramilitaries, Organized Crime, and the Dynamics of War93
Ch. 6The Dominant Classes and the Prospects of Peace133
Ch. 7Colombia's Civil War in Comparative Perspective157
AppSelection of the Interview Population173
Notes175
Bibliograpby211
Index221

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