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A new security dilemma: Plan Colombia and the use of private military companies in South America

Brancoli, Fernando (2010) A new security dilemma: Plan Colombia and the use of private military companies in South America. International Affairs at LSE (16 Nov 2010). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In January 2009, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe affirmed that after decades of defeats, his country, together with the United States, was finally succeeding in its main challenge: the long war against the guerrillas involved in drug trafficking. The statement gives the dimension of this issue in this South American country, and the great importance of the United States, with Plan Colombia, on this security issue. However, although rarely addressed, much of U.S. aid is funnelled through Private Military Companies (PMC), which provides staff and services of military nature. Such companies, which became world famous after its widespread use in the Iraq War – where its most quintessential representative, Blackwater, has been accused of systematically violating the International Law of Armed Conflict – have become an essential element in the conflict against the former Marxists guerrillas in South American.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author(s)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Collections > International Affairs at LSE Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 13:21
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 13:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83052

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