The Colombian conflict seems a typical instantiation of a “greedy war” and exhibits very strong links between criminal economic activities and rebel organizations. On the contrary, the author suggests that not even in Colombia does the “criminal rebels” thesis hold. On the other hand, the Colombian case shows that criminality and war mix in ways that escape a strictly economic interpretation of war.
Politics and Society (2004) 32 (4) 257-285 [doi: 10.1177/0032329204263074]
Criminal Rebels? A Discussion of Civil War and Criminality from the Colombian Experience.