LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

WAR CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA

MARTA LUCIA ALVAREZ GALVIS
MA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBALISATION
ESSAY– GIP064N
DECEMBER 15th, 2009
Introduction
One of the oldest conflicts in the world is the War Colombian conflict. Even if the period calledLa Violencia during the 50's is excluded, we are discussing roughly 40 years of armed struggle in this territory with most of the same rebelgroups. Nevertheless, naturally in such a long time the intensity and nature of the conflict has changed and fluctuate between periods of lowintensity and war.
According to most of the analysts, from the 1980's until today, Colombia has been experiencing the highest waves of violencedue to the convergence of several forms of non-state violence challenging the state (drug traffickers, several guerrillas, and militia). Thearmed conflict in the past 50 years has shaped the physiognomy of public relations and the domestic economic situation causing severe restrictionson democratic participation.
The main purpose of this essay is to analyze the origins and principal causes of the conflict;, as well as themain participants in the conflict, their attempt resolution and an attempt to explain why conflict resolution in Colombia failed.
BackgroundA better understanding of the armed conflict in Colombia, it is necessary to go back several decades and learn about key historical events [continua]

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