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Coca S Gone

Author: Richard Kernaghan
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 080475957X
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Coca's Gone examines the legacy of violence and shattered expectations that shaped the stories told by people of Peru's Upper Huallaga Valley in the aftermath of a twenty-year cocaine boom.

Politics After Violence

Author: Hillel Soifer
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477317317
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Between 1980 and 1994, Peru endured a bloody internal armed conflict, with some 69,000 people killed in clashes involving two insurgent movements, state forces, and local armed groups. In 2003, a government-sponsored “Truth and Reconciliation Committee” reported that the conflict lasted longer, affected broader swaths of the national territory, and inflicted higher costs, in both human and economic terms, than did any other conflict in Peru’s history. Of those killed, 75 percent were speakers of an indigenous language, and almost 40 percent were among the poorest and most rural members of Peruvian society. These unequal impacts of the violence on the Peruvian people revealed deep and historical disparities within the country. This collection of original essays by leading international experts on Peruvian politics, society, and institutions explores the political and institutional consequences of Peru’s internal armed conflict in the long 1980s. The essays are grouped into sections that cover the conflict itself in historical, comparative, and theoretical perspectives; its consequences for Peru’s political institutions; its effects on political parties across the ideological spectrum; and its impact on public opinion and civil society. This research provides the first systematic and nuanced investigation of the extent to which recent and contemporary Peruvian politics, civil society, and institutions have been shaped by the country’s 1980s violence.

Drugs Thugs And Diplomats

Author: Winifred Tate
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804795673
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In 2000, the U.S. passed a major aid package that was going to help Colombia do it all: cut drug trafficking, defeat leftist guerrillas, support peace, and build democracy. More than 80% of the assistance, however, was military aid, at a time when the Colombian security forces were linked to abusive, drug-trafficking paramilitary forces. Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats examines the U.S. policymaking process in the design, implementation, and consequences of Plan Colombia, as the aid package came to be known. Winifred Tate explores the rhetoric and practice of foreign policy by the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, Congress, and the U.S. military Southern Command. Tate's ethnography uncovers how policymakers' utopian visions and emotional entanglements play a profound role in their efforts to orchestrate and impose social transformation abroad. She argues that U.S. officials' zero tolerance for illegal drugs provided the ideological architecture for the subsequent militarization of domestic drug policy abroad. The U.S. also ignored Colombian state complicity with paramilitary brutality, presenting them as evidence of an absent state and the authentic expression of a frustrated middle class. For rural residents of Colombia living under paramilitary dominion, these denials circulated as a form of state terror. Tate's analysis examines how oppositional activists and the policy's targets—civilians and local state officials in southern Colombia—attempted to shape aid design and delivery, revealing the process and effects of human rights policymaking.

New Scholarship On Peru S Internal Conflict

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ABSTRACT: Jaymie Patricia Heilman, Before the Shining Path: Politics in Rural Ayacucho, 1895–1980 . Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010. Map, bibliography, index, 272 pp.; hardcover $60. Maiah Jaskoski, Military Politics and Democracy in the Andes . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Maps, bibliography, index, 322 pp.; hardcover $58, ebook $58. Richard Kernaghan, Coca's Gone: Of Might and Right in the Huallaga Post‐Boom . Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. Bibliography, index, 320 pp.; hardcover $65, paperback $19.95, ebook $19.95. Miguel La Serna, The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Maps, illustrations, bibliography, index, 304 pp.; paperback $35; ebook $29.99. Kimberly Theidon, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru . Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Glossary, map, bibliography, index, 480 pp.; hardcover $75; paperback $29.95, ebook $29.95.

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Clippings of Latin American political, social and economic news from various English language newspapers.

Rethinking The Economics Of War

Author: Cynthia Arnson
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed questions the adequacy of explaining today's internal armed conflicts purely in terms of economic factors and reestablishes the importance of identity and grievances in creating and sustaining such wars. This collection of essays responds to current works asserting that the income from natural resources is the end and not just a means for warring rebel groups. The study puts greed in its place and restores the importance of deprivation and discrimination as the primary causes of armed conflict within states. Countries studied include Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Republic of the Congo, Colombia, and Afghanistan.