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Colombian Military Thinking and the Fight Against the FARC-EP Insurgency, 2002-2014


Colombian Military Thinking and the Fight Against the FARC-EP Insurgency, 2002-2014

Abstract: 

This article attempts to place in historical perspective the latest effort by Colombia’s military (Colmil) to defeat the now half century old insurgency of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP). It argues that the ‘surge’ initiated under President Álvaro Uribe in 2002 with the assistance of the United States can only be fully analyzed in the context of the Colmil’s intellectual framework for counter-insurgency. Specifically, this article will explain how the protracted engagement with counter-insurgency has shaped the Colmil’s understanding of the nature of the conflict, as well as its attitudes towards its adversary, civil authority and the instrumentality of force. An understanding of the Colmil’s strategic tradition can also help to explain their apprehensions about the ongoing peace negotiations with the FARC-EP.​​

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Full Citation: 

Delgado, Jorge E. 2015. "Colombian Military Thinking and the Fight Against the FARC-EP Insurgency, 2002-2014." Journal of Strategic Studies 38 (May): 826-851. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01402390.2015.1005610

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