Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Colombia available in Paperback
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- University of Notre Dame Press
“Christopher Welna and Gustavo Gallón have assembled a first-rate group of authors to produce an unusually comprehensive analysis of Colombia's profound and complex problems. The chapters are cogently argued, packed with keen insight, and often buttressed by rich empirical data. They cover the gamut—from culture to drugs to political economy, institutional reform, and U.S. policy. It is impossible to come away from reading this superb volume without understanding that, whatever progress has been made in Colombia in recent years, the task of constructing an enduring peace and just society remains a formidable one.” —Michael Shifter, Vice President for Policy, Inter-American Dialogue
"This excellent volume provides not only an introduction to the difficult issues of peace, democracy, and human rights in Colombia; it also offers a series of very intelligent and provocative discussions of these issues. The authors make use of a wide variety of primary and secondary sources that will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and the growing number of general readers interested in the direction of U.S. foreign policy." —John C. Dugas, Kalamazoo College
“Welna and Gallón have admirably met the challenge put to them by the Rev.Theodore M. Hesburgh, who asked, ‘What can a university in the United States do to help resolve Colombia's conflict?’ Bringing together clear-eyed analyses by the foremost Colombian and American scholars, they shed much-needed light on the root causes of the longest-running guerrilla war in this hemisphere. They provide a critical path to understanding Colombia's core political challenges, and in so doing they lay the groundwork for an eventual resolution to Latin America's costliest struggle for democracy.” —Anthony DePalma, New York Times
Colombia is home to the longest-running guerilla war in this hemisphere, a war that has evolved into a multisided conflict. Over forty years ago guerrilla leaders launched their campaign to overthrow the government in the wave of Latin American revolutionary movements. While such movements in other countries from that era have negotiated settlements or suffered defeat, in Colombia two major guerrilla groups soldier on, at times in competition with each other. In the intervening years, these groups have been joined by new antagonists who sometimes strike alliances, though rivalry generally prevails. Drug traffickers, right-wing paramilitary squads, government police units, Colombia's armed forces, and U.S. advisors, among others, have all joined the fray.
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.
|Publisher:||University of Notre Dame Press|
|Series:||Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER WELNA, a political scientist and former executive director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
GUSTAVO GALLÓN is the director of the Colombia Commission of Jurists.
CONTRIBUTORS: Christopher Welna, Herbert Tico Braun, Álvaro Camacho Guizado, Andrés López Restrepo, Daniel García-Peña Jaramillo, Cynthia J. Arnson, Eduardo Pizarro, Ana María Bejarano, Matthew Søberg Shugart, Erika Moreno, Luis Eduardo Fajardo, Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Arlene B. Tickner, Gustavo Gallón.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures xi
Colombia's Triple Challenge: Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights Christopher Welna 3
"Que haiga paz!" The Cultural Contexts of Conflict in Colombia Herbert Tico Braun 23
From Smugglers to Drug Lords to Traquetos: Changes in the Colombian Illicit Drug Organizations Alvaro Camacho Guizado Andres Lopez Restrepo 60
Colombia: In Search of a New Model for Conflict Resolution Daniel Garcia-Pena Jaramillo 90
The Peace Process in Colombia and U.S. Policy Cynthia J. Arnson 132
Political Reform after 1991: What Still Needs to Be Reformed? Eduardo Pizarro Ana Maria Bejarano 167
Deepening Democracy by Renovating Political Practices: The Struggle for Electoral Reform in Colombia Matthew Soberg Shugart Erika Moreno Luis E. Fajardo 202
Organized Crime and the Political System in Colombia (1978-1998) Francisco Gutierrez Sanin 267
U.S. Foreign Policy in Colombia: Bizarre Side Effects of the "War on Drugs" Arlene B. Tickner 309
Human Rights: A Path to Democracy and Peace in Colombia Gustavo Gallon 353
This War Cannot Be Won with Bullets Gustavo Gallon 415