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Criminal rebels? A discussion of civil war and criminality from the Colombian experience

Gutiérrez Sanín, Francisco (2003) Criminal rebels? A discussion of civil war and criminality from the Colombian experience. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (27). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The Colombian conflict seems to be a typical instance of a ‘greedy war’, and exhibits very strong links between criminal economic activities and rebel organisations. Against this, Gutierrez suggests that not even in Colombia does the ‘criminal rebels’ thesis hold, with the Colombian case showing that criminality and war mix in ways that escape a strictly economic interpretation of war. Analysing the experience of the two leading Colombian guerrilla armies (FARC and ELN), he demonstrates the need for a different framework for the understanding of wars waged by non- (or not strictly) materialistic soldiers.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 13:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:31

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