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JUDITH GENTLEMAN is a Professor of International Security and Latin American studies in the Department of Strategy and International Security at the U.S. Air War College. She previously taught at the University of New Hampshire and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, and at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. She was also a Research Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Among her publications are articles and reviews published in Political Science Quarterly , the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, the Latin American Research Review and the American Political Science Review. She is the author, editor and co-editor of Mexican Oil and Dependent Development, Mexican Politics in Transition and Mexico’s Alternative Political Futures. Her recent work has focused upon Colombia’s political conflict, regional security in the Andes, and Mexico’s political transition.
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Authored by Dr. Judith A. Gentleman.
The instability, corruption, displacement of people, and violence generated by Colombia s unholy trinity of narcotics traffickers, insurgents, and paramilitaries is spilling over into virtually all of northern South America and Panama. The author outlines some of the detail and implications of the regional security crisis in the Andes and makes recommendations for U.S. civil-military involvement in the hemispheric security arena. She specifically argues for the U.S. military to build stronger and more cooperative security relationships within the circle of affected states around Colombia.