Confronting Terrorism in Latin America: Latin America and United States Policy Implications   [open pdf - 335KB]

"This article argues that an effective guide to anti-terrorist policy formulation in Latin America should be done on a common, clear, and prospective strategy...Another aspect of major importance is the use of a multilateral approach based on regional consensus as a fundamental requirement to achieve the entire political support among all the countries in the region to effectively combat the threat of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. This article has been developed in two main parts: the first part presents an overview of the historical evolution of terrorism, in order to understand the nature of this subject, with special focus on analysis of contemporary political terrorism in Latin America. It outlines some major problems in defining terrorism, analytical framework of terrorism, some selected problems in the response to terrorism, and some of the major policy options in democratic societies. The second part of this article takes into account the new U.S. National Security Strategy, particularly after September 11, 2001. It outlines status of terrorism in Latin America today, including such organization as Shining Path in Peru, FARC, ELN and AUC in Colombia, the Tri-border area of South America, as well as the strategic effects of the Iraq conflict in the region. It concludes by dealing with what should be the most important aspects that need to be taken into consideration in getting a U.S.-Latin America strategy and organization that can establish, enforce, and continually refine a holistic political-military plan and generate consistent national and international support." - from Introduction

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Security and Defense Studies Review (Fall 2003), v.3 no.2, p.192-220
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