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Author Palma, Oscar, author.

Title Commercial insurgencies in the networked era : the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia / Oscar Palma
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Series Cass military studies
Cass military studies.
Contents What is FARC? -- A different kind of insurgency -- FARC's network within Colombia -- Placing militants beyond borders -- A regional revolution -- The impact of the Havana Agreement
Summary "This book examines the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a commercial insurgency through the network-complex paradigm of insurgency. Countering traditional perspectives of the group, it proposes new and comprehensive explanations for the FARC's presence in Latin America. Existing narratives have portrayed the FARC as a terrorist, narco-terrorist, or criminal organization - a narrative popularized by the government offensive conducted by the Colombian state during the last couple of decades. In contrast, this book goes beyond simplistic perspectives of the FARC and instead studies the group in relation to the network-complex paradigm of insurgency. It explains the organization as a 'commercial insurgency' with three dimensions -- political, criminal and military - and understands the Colombian insurgency not as a monolith, but as a system of individuals with diversified interests ranging from the highly indoctrinated to the profit-motivated. This examination allows for an analysis of some of the insurgency's most unexplored characteristics: an interest in urbanizing its actions and the increased 'invisibility' of combatants, the significance of its political institutions, and the construction of its transnational networks. The volume also discusses the future of FARC in post-conflict Colombia, not only within the country but as an actor in the region. This work will be of much interest to students of insurgencies, military studies, Latin American studies, criminology, security studies and IR"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Oscar Palma is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, and has a PhD in International Relations, from the LSE
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Subject Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.
Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.
Crime -- Political aspects -- Colombia
Guerrillas -- Colombia.
Insurgency -- Colombia.
Social networks -- Political aspects -- Colombia
Transnationalism -- Political aspects -- Colombia
Crime -- Political aspects.
Guerrillas.
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
HISTORY -- Military -- Strategy.
HISTORY -- Latin America -- South America.
Insurgency.
International relations.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- General.
Politics and government.
Social networks -- Political aspects.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science.
Colombia -- Politics and government -- 1974-
Colombia -- Relations
Colombia.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018053157
ISBN 1351175076
1351175084
1351175092
1351175106
9781351175074
9781351175081
9781351175098
9781351175104