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Financing War or Facilitating Peace?: The Impact of Rebel Drug Trafficking on Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Myanmar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Swedish Def Res Agcy, Stockholm, Sweden..
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2016 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 39, no 6, 542-559 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Rebel involvement in drug trafficking is broadly found to prolong and intensify civil wars. Being an illicit good with strong demand, high profit margins, limited barriers to entry, and few interdiction opportunities, narcotic drugs disproportionately benefit rebel groups as a source of funding in civil wars. Furthermore, drug trafficking is believed to prolong civil wars by creating war economies that benefit rebel groups, making them reluctant to engage in peace negotiations. However, recent peace agreements suggest that drug trafficking can in some cases be used to "buy off" rebel leaders, whereas other insurgents willingly relinquish this source of funding. This article compares attempts at conflict resolution in Colombia and Myanmar, focusing on the impact drug trafficking by Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and United Wa State Army has on contemporary peace negotiations.

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2016. Vol. 39, no 6, 542-559 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292980DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2015.1124628ISI: 000372845900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292980DiVA: diva2:927431
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-11 Last updated: 2016-05-12Bibliographically approved

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