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Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces?: How Paramilitary Groups Emerge and Challenge Democracy in Latin America

Julie Mazzei

Abstract

In an era when the global community is confronted with challenges posed by violent nonstate organizations—from FARC in Colombia to the Taliban in Afghanistan—our understanding of the nature and emergence of these groups takes on heightened importance. This book offers an analysis of the dynamics that facilitate the organization and mobilization of one of the most virulent types of these organizations, paramilitary groups (PMGs). It reconstructs in historical context the organization of PMGs in Colombia, El Salvador, and Mexico, identifying the variables that together create a triad of factors ... More

Keywords: global community, PMGs, paramilitary groups, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, FARC, Taliban, Afghanistan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833063
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898611_mazzei

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Mazzei, author