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Borderland battles (2019)

violence, crime, and governance at the edges of Colombia's war

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Abstract

Borderlands are like a magnifying glass on some of the world's most entrenched security challenges. In unstable regions, border areas attract violent non-state groups, ranging from rebels and paramilitaries to criminal organizations, who exploit central government neglect. These groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illicit cross-border activities, and provide a substitute for the governance functions usually associated with the state. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with more than 600 interviews in and on the shared borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - where conflict is rife and crime thriving - this text provides exclusive firsthand insights into these war-torn spaces. It reveals how dynamic interactions among violent non-state groups produce a complex security landscape with ramifications for order and governance both locally and beyond.

Keywords

Border security, Violence, Insurgency, Crime, Colombia

Languages

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

9780190909550

DOI

10.1093/oso/9780190849146.001.0001

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