Relative Peace and Emerging Fault Lines

Accounting for trends in intrastate conflict in Latin America

Authored by: Caroline A. Hartzell

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415718691
eBook ISBN: 9781315867908
Adobe ISBN: 9781317965091


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Although Latin America historically has experienced significantly less intrastate conflict than many other regions of the world, 14 civil wars were fought in the region during the Cold War period. Today, there is only one active intrastate conflict in Latin America: Colombia’s long-lived conflict with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). If one were to categorize regions using the number of ongoing civil wars as a means of determining their proclivity for conflict, Latin America would currently rank as one of the most peaceful areas in the world, second only to North America.1

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