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dc.contributor.advisorGiraldo, Jeanne
dc.contributor.advisorPorch, Douglas
dc.contributor.authorSaskiewicz, Paul E.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:33:09Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:33:09Z
dc.date.issued2005-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/1809
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- Peopleâ s Army (FARC-EP), Latin Americaâ s oldest and most powerful guerrilla organization, has not abandoned its ideological beliefs and devolved into a criminal enterprise as a result of its immersion in the drug trade and participation in other illicit activities. Rather, the movement remains an ideologically committed, guerrilla insurgency whose strategic objectives include the defeat of the Colombian military, the toppling of the central government, and the establishment of a regime founded on Marxist-Leninist and â Bolivarianâ principles. While recognizing the important role that resources earned from criminal activities have played in strengthening the FARC-EPâ s challenge to the government, this thesis argues that the guerrilla organizationâ s involvement in the drug trade serves exclusively as a means to an end. However, numerous factors including recent changes in leadership, the recruitment of non-ideologically motivated and poorly educated fighters, and the increased operations tempo have led to the weakening of the ideological commitment of the base. Consequently, many of the FARC-EPâ s newer recruits are poorly educated in the political goals of the insurgency. This, combined with the weakening of the organizationâ s leadership could result in the devolution of the FARC-EP into several criminal enterprises.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/therevolutionary109451809
dc.format.extentxii, 133 p. : col. ill., col. maps ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined
in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the
public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States
Code, Section 105, is not copyrighted in the U.S.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPharmaceutical industryen_US
dc.subject.lcshCocaen_US
dc.subject.lcshHeroinen_US
dc.subject.lcshLeadershipen_US
dc.subject.lcshGuerrilla warfareen_US
dc.subject.lcshNational securityen_US
dc.subject.lcshInsurgencyen_US
dc.titleThe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) Marxist-Leninist insurgency or criminal enterprise?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of National Security Affairs
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.identifier.oclc63113012
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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