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Crime, violence, and the crisis in Guatemala : a case study in the erosion of the state

Author: Hal Brands; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute,
Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Guatemala is currently experiencing a full-blown crisis of the democratic state. An unholy trinity of criminal elements: international drug traffickers, domestically based organized crime syndicates, and youth gangs, is effectively waging a form of irregular warfare against government institutions, with devastating consequences. The police, the judiciary, and entire local and departmental governments are rife with  Read more...
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Brands, Hal, 1983-
Crime, violence, and the crisis in Guatemala
(OCoLC)618512626
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hal Brands; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute,
ISBN: 1584874422 9781584874423
OCLC Number: 637158794
Notes: "May 2010."
Description: 1 online resource (v, 63 pages)
Contents: The regional context : organized crime and irregular warfare in Latin America --
The crisis in Guatemala : origins, characteristics, and effects --
International drug traffickers --
Hidden powers --
Pandillas and Maras --
Violence, corruption, and the erosion of the state --
Policy implications.
Other Titles: Case study in the erosion of the state
Responsibility: Hal Brands.

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Guatemala is currently experiencing a full-blown crisis of the democratic state. An unholy trinity of criminal elements: international drug traffickers, domestically based organized crime syndicates, and youth gangs, is effectively waging a form of irregular warfare against government institutions, with devastating consequences. The police, the judiciary, and entire local and departmental governments are rife with criminal infiltrators; murder statistics have surpassed civil-war levels in recent years; criminal operatives brazenly assassinate government officials and troublesome members of the political class; and broad swaths of territory are now effectively under the control of criminal groups. Guatemala's weak institutions have been unable to contain this violence, leading to growing civic disillusion and causing a marked erosion in the authority and legitimacy of the government.--

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