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Author Tate, Winifred, 1970- author

Title Drugs, thugs, and diplomats : U.S. policymaking in Colombia / Winifred Tate
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 284 pages) : illustrations
Series Anthropology of policy
Anthropology of policy (Stanford, Calif.)
Contents Introduction: Anthropology of policy -- part 1. Militarization, Human Rights, and the U.S. War on Drugs. Domestic drug policy goes to war ; Human rights policymaking and military aid -- part 2. Putumayo on the Eve of Plan Colombia. Paramilitary proxies ; Living under many laws -- part 3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Plan Colombia. Origin stories -- part 4. Advocacy and Inevitability. Competing solidarities ; Putumayan policy claims -- Conclusion: Plan Colombia, Putumayo, and the policymaking imagination
Summary "In 2000, the U.S. passed a major aid package that was going to help Colombia do it all: cut drug trafficking, defeat leftist guerrillas, support peace, and build democracy. More than 80% of the assistance, however, was military aid, at a time when the Colombian security forces were linked to abusive, drug-trafficking paramilitary forces. Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats examines the U.S. policymaking process in the design, implementation, and consequences of Plan Colombia, as the aid package came to be known. Winifred Tate explores the rhetoric and practice of foreign policy by the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, Congress, and the U.S. military Southern Command. Tate's ethnography uncovers how policymakers' utopian visions and emotional entanglements play a profound role in their efforts to orchestrate and impose social transformation abroad. She argues that U.S. officials' zero tolerance for illegal drugs provided the ideological architecture for the subsequent militarization of domestic drug policy abroad. The U.S. also ignored Colombian state complicity with paramilitary brutality, presenting them as evidence of an absent state and the authentic expression of a frustrated middle class. For rural residents of Colombia living under paramilitary dominion, these denials circulated as a form of state terror. Tate's analysis examines how oppositional activists and the policy's targets--civilians and local state officials in southern Colombia--attempted to shape aid design and delivery, revealing the process and effects of human rights policymaking."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EBL platform, viewed September 15, 2016)
Subject Counterinsurgency -- Colombia.
Drug control -- Colombia.
Drug control -- United States.
Military assistance, American -- Colombia.
Paramilitary forces -- Colombia.
Colombia -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Colombia -- Politics and government -- 1974-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Colombia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804795673 (electronic bk)
0804795797 (electronic)
9780804795678 (electronic bk)
9780804795791 (electronic)