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Author Kline, Harvey F

Title State building and conflict resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994 / Harvey F. Kline
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1999


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 240 pages) : map
Contents Introduction: Attempts at Conflict Resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994 -- The Historical Context for Bargaining: The Weak Colombian State and the Emergence of Opposition -- The Virgilio Barco Government, 1986-1990 -- Barco's Guerrilla Policy -- Barco's Drug Policy -- Self-Defense, Private Justice, and Paramilitary Groups: The Final Piece of the Jigsaw Puzzle -- The Cesar Gaviria Government, 1990-1994 -- Negotiations between the Government and the Guerrilla Groups -- Gaviria's Drug Policy -- The Gaviria Policy for Paramilitary Groups -- Changing the Colombian State: Constitutional and Judicial Reforms -- Conclusion: Assessment of Success
Summary During their presidencies, both Virgilio Barco Vargas (1986-90) and Cesar Gaviria Trujillo (1990-94) sought to end the long-running armed disturbance by the leftist guerillas, narcotics traffickers, and paramilitary groups who were controlling many parts of Colombia. Their attempts to use peaceful means - including indirect bargaining, changes to the constitution to increase democracy, and modifications in the judicial system to make it more effective in suppressing the country's lawbreaking elements - marked a strategic break with the government's 150-year reliance on force
Funded by the United States Institute of Peace, Harvey Kline traveled to Colombia to collect data for this study. Kline researched printed sources unavailable in the United States and interviewed numerous government officials, politicians, and scholars to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of state building through conflict resolution
Kline concludes that Barco's and Gaviria's efforts at conflict resolution were only partially successful and points to three major culprits: the lack of a tradition of peaceful conflict resolution in the country; the increased possibilities of conflict with urbanization and modernization; and the vast amount of money brought to the country by the drug trade. Finding no significant improvement in the lives of Colombians, Kline sounds a note of pessimism for Colombia's future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-231) and index
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Subject Barco, Virgilio
Gaviria Trujillo, César
Barco, Virgilio
Gaviria Trujillo, César
Conflict management -- Colombia
Guerrillas -- Colombia
Paramilitary forces -- Colombia
Drug dealers -- Colombia
Human rights -- Colombia
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Conflict management
Drug dealers
Human rights
Paramilitary forces
Politics and government
Colombia -- Politics and government -- 1974-
Form Electronic book
LC no. 98025405
ISBN 0585341540