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Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy, and War
by Grace Livingstone
foreword by Jenny Pearce
Rutgers University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-8135-3442-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-3443-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-6886-7
Library of Congress Classification HV5840.C7L58 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 986.10635


The South American nation of Colombia has seen more than forty years of unrest, conflict, and civil war. It is a country in which social violence and warfare are intricately intertwined. Colombia is also notorious for its drug trade, being one of the leading producers of cocaine in the world, and for its central role as a staging ground for the U.S. “war on drugs.” Since 9/11 the Bush administration has sought to draw political links between the Colombian drug trade, guerrilla organizations, and terrorism.

Inside Colombia offers a valuable introduction and quick reference guide to this complex nation. With chapters devoted to history, human rights issues, the economy, drugs, the controversial antidrug intervention known as Plan Colombia, and relations with the United States, the book offers an easily accessible and comprehensive overview. Readers will learn about the major players in the conflicts, significant political figures, how Colombia’s economy has fared in the twentieth century, how the country’s geography influences its politics and economy, and how U.S. intervention shapes Colombia’s political scene.

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