This is a valuable collection, well organized and professionally edited.
Terrorism and Political Violence " In short, there is much in this book that will be of interest.
It will be a useful addition to too little literature on successful peace processes, as well as offering new comparative perspectives on the literature on the countries in question.
This book is about ending guerrilla conflicts in Latin America through political means.
These are peace processes, aimed at ending military hostilities in the context of agreements that address some of the major political, economic, social and ethnic imbalances that led to the conflict in the first place.
The book presents a carefully structured comparative analysis of six Latin American countries - Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia and Peru - that experienced a guerrilla war that lasted longer than the end of the Cold War.
The book explores in detail the unique constellation of national and international events that allowed some wars to end in a negotiated settlement, one in the virtual defeat of the insurgents, and the other in anger.
The objective of the book is to identify the variables that contribute to the success or failure of a peace dialogue.
While the individual case studies address dynamics that have allowed or hindered the success of the negotiations, the authors also comparatively examine recurring dilemmas such as obtaining justice for victims of human rights violations, reforming the military and police forces, and rebuilding the national economy.
Bridging the gap between the different literature on democratisation in Latin America and conflict resolution, the book highlights the reciprocal influences that peace processes and democratic transition have on each other, and the ways in which democratic'space' is created and political participation is fostered through a peace dialogue with insurgent forces.
The case studies, conducted by country and issue specialists from Latin America, the United States and Europe, are complemented by comments from senior practitioners more directly involved in peace negotiations, including United Nations officials, former peace advisers and civil society activists.