February 7th, 2006

Review of America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia

International Affairs Volume 81, Issue 3, Pages 635-667

Studies that seek to provide an all-encompassing explanation for the protracted internal conflict that has afflicted Colombia since the 1940s, if not earlier, have been fairly rare. In his Systems of violence: the political economy of war and peace in Colombia, political scientist Nazih Richani put forward an integral explanatory model which posited the development over time of a 'war system', one whose dynamics were largely determined by endogenous factors. The 'comfortable impasse' that had developed between the Colombian military and the guerrillas of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) between the 1980s and the mid-1990s, he argued, was upset both by the rise of the right-wing paramilitaries as independent actors with an agenda different from their erstwhile military sponsors and by the dramatic increase in US military aid in the late 1990s, the only (belated) exogenous variable he allows. By contrast, Doug Stokes proffers an explanation that focuses primarily on the dominant role played by the United States in Colombian affairs over the last four decades, thereby downplaying the autonomy of indigenous political actors.
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Ward Churchill Statement

Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 by the Daily Camera / Boulder, CO

February 1, 2005

The following statement from Ward Churchill was posted on the University of Colorado's Web site under the Department of Ethnic Studies on Monday. Churchill noted these are his views not those of the University.
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