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    The Impact of US Foreign Policy on the Colombian Conflicts

  • Áhrif utanríkisstefnu Bandaríkjanna á átökin í Kólumbíu

Útgáfa
Janúar 2011
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The internal conflict in Colombia has been going on for nearly half a century but the last decade the media attention has faded away, as the world’s interest has shifted its focus, towards covering news about war on terror. This lack of media interest has caused the drug trafficking to thrive. The US however has not lost interest in their strongest ally in Latin America, and introduced “Plan Colombia” in 1999, in order to fight the guerrillas and other paramilitaries groups. The aim of “Plan Colombia” was to fight the violence and the growing of the coca plant. The results of implementing this plan have shown amazing reducement in number of guerrilla fighters and coca cultivated for cocaine production. While the situation in Colombia is getting better, the conflicts and drug trades are moving up towards the north, all the way to US own backyard. However we might ask ourselves, can US take all the credit for the changes in Colombia or were the Colombia authorities with President Álvaro Uribe in charge, accountable for the positive changes in Colombia?

Birting
13.1.2011


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