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Revista Científica General José María Córdova

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PALMA MORALES, Oscar. Discussing the symbiosis between antinarcotics and counterinsurgency: ideas for a different theoretical framework. Rev. Cient. Gen. José María Córdova [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.10, pp.49-62. ISSN 1900-6586.

The present article discusses the relation between antinarcotics and counterinsurgency. As explained by several criminologists, insurgencies may experience processes of transformation when they establish connections with criminal organizations or when they increasingly develop criminal activities by themselves. The case with narcotics is a clear example. States have confronted such insurgencies through a combination of antinarcotics and counterinsurgency instruments, but according to several scholars, they are both at odds and the former is actually counterproductive for the latter. This article explains how these two concepts are in fact interdependent and mutually necessary. In the end, it proposes the bases, and only the bases, for a particular theoretical framework on the relation between counterinsurgency and antinarcotics, without fully discussing the details that would constitute a paradigm.

Keywords : Insurgency; counterinsurgency; drugs; antinarcotics; networks; criminality; terrorism.

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