Plan Colombia

The Drug Scourge as a Hemispheric Problem

Author: Gen Barry R McCaffrey Former Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Retired) argues that Colombia s 40 million citizens must not be deserted by their neighbors. Leaving the Colombians to deal in isolation with a pervasive drug problem will deeply affect all 800 million of us in the Western Hemisphere through addiction, violence, and …

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U.S. Security Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Why Colombia, Why Now, and What Is To Be Done?

Author: Dr Max G Manwaring This is one in the Special Series of monographs stemming from the February 2001 conference on Plan Colombia cosponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center of the University of Miami. In substantive U.S. national security terms, the author …

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Plan Colombia: Some Differing Perspectives

Author: Dr Ricardo Arias Calderon, Dr Gabriel Marcella, Mr Chris Marquis, GEN (Colombia) Alvaro Valencia Tovar, GEN Charles E Wilhelm This monograph, with an introduction by Dr. Gabriel Marcella, includes four short, but interesting and important papers presented at a conference on Plan Colombia, sponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War …

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Plan Colombia: The View from the Presidential Palace

Author: Mr Eduardo Pizano The author, a former member of the Colombian Senate and now the General Secretary to the President of Colombia, discusses various misconceptions stemming from the uncertainty and confusion that permeated conference discussions involving U.S. policy in Colombia and the implementation of Plan Colombia. He makes several points that are both compelling …

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U.S. Support of PLAN COLOMBIA: Rethinking the Ends and Means

Author: Dr Stephen E Flynn The author argues that the U.S. emphasis on drug control in its support of Plan Colombia is misguided and akin to prescribing an antibiotic regime to combat a disease not caused by bacteria or similar micro-organisms. The illegal drug industry in Colombia is not the cause of that country s …

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European Perceptions of Plan Colombia: A Virtual Contribution to a Virtual War and Peace Plan?

Author: Dr Joaquin Roy Professor Joaquin Roy, a Spaniard with valuable sources throughout Europe, notes that Europeans apparently do not approve of the seeming U.S. emphasis on providing military equipment and training to Colombia for a counternarcotics effort in what they see as a larger strategic political conflict. At the same time, he reports that …

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The Search for Accountability and Transparency in PLAN COLOMBIA: Reforming Judicial Institutions–Again

Author: Dr Luz E Nagle The author argues that confidence in an efficient, courageous and transparent judiciary goes to the very heart of the governability of Colombia, and that Plan Colombia does not address the root causes of Colombia’s problems. These are weak government, inequality, absence of citizen participation, corruption and an ineffective legal system. …

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Plan Colombia: The Strategic and Operational Imperatives

Author: Dr Gabriel Marcella The United States is committed to helping Colombia fight its struggle against the violence and corruption engendered by the traffic in narcotics. This report examines the strategic theory within Plan Colombia, the master plan which the government of Colombia developed to strengthen democracy through peace, security, and economic development. The author …

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