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Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War

Annette Idler


Borderlands are like a magnifying glass on some of the world’s most entrenched security challenges. In unstable regions, border areas attract violent non-state groups, ranging from rebels and paramilitaries to criminal organizations, who exploit central government neglect. These groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illicit cross-border activities, and provide a substitute for the governance functions usually associated with the state. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with more than six hundred interviews in and on the shared borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela—where c ... More

Keywords: borderlands, security, violence, organized crime, governance, violent non-state groups, armed conflict, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190849146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190849146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annette Idler, author
Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, Oxford University