Accession Number : ADA299012

Title :   Guerrilla Groups in Columbia: Prospects for the Future.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Bilyeu, Elisabeth J.

PDF Url : ADA299012

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : This study assesses the evolution of the Colombian insurgency and drug trafficking situation, through 1994. The Colombian government's efforts to meet both challenges are detailed and analyzed in order to conclude if a peace between the government and the guerrillas--and a disbandment of the Colombian drug industry--is probable. Also, the abundant circumstantial evidence is evaluated to describe the relationship that exists between the guerrillas and drug traffickers. The findings reveal that there is an inconsistant and ever changing relationship between the guerrillas and the drug traffickers and that the main guerrilla organizations are involved in various aspects of the drug industry and are in part financed from that involvement. The study concludes that as the guerrillas finances and accompanying influence grow, the harder it will be for the Colombian government to negotiate a peace agreement. Furthermore, the counter-drug actions of the United States and Colombia alone will not dissolve the drug industry in Colombia. For the drug industry to feel the counter-drug impact, sustained countermeasures must be a coordinated worldwide effort.

Descriptors :   *COLOMBIA, *GUERRILLA WARFARE, *DRUG INTERDICTION, *INSURGENCY, UNITED STATES, PEACETIME, THESES, AGREEMENTS, DRUGS, COUNTERMEASURES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare
      Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE