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ALVARO VALENCIA TOVAR, a general in the Colombian Army, was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Infantry, at the Colombian Cadet Academy as honor graduate of his 1942 class. He has extensive experience in resolving civil disturbances and organized insurgencies as Battalion and Brigade Commander and Army G-3 (Planning, Operations, and Training). General Valencia Tovar is a former Director of the Military Cadet School, Armed Forces War College, and the Infantry School. He was promoted to the top rank of general and commanded the Colombian army from 1974 to 1975. He served in the Korean War (1951-52) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956. General Valencia Tovar was also chief of the Colombian Delegation to the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC. He has published over 11 books, among them the six-volume History of the Colombian Armed Forces.
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Authored by Dr. Gabriel Marcella, GEN (RET) Charles E. Wilhelm, Colombian General Alvaro Valencia Tovar, Dr. Ricardo Arias Calderon, Mr. Chris Marquis.
Contains introduction and four papers present distinct perspectives on the potential effectiveness of Plan Colombia. Co-authors include former Commander of US Southern Command, former Vice-President of Panama, a noted Colombian military intellectual, and New York Times correspondent.