Since 1984, Colombia has swung from broad reforms and peace overtures towards guerrillas to counter-reform, escalated armed conflict and massive U.S. military aid. These changes have been felt most intensely in rural war zones. Using archival sources and interviews with leftist and social movement activists, elected officials and elites, Carroll analyzes social movement/elite conflict in three war-torn regions producing bananas, coca and oil, explaining both shifting tactics over time and contrasting regional outcomes.
Leah Anne Carroll is an independent scholar with a doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley who works with the Office of Undergraduate Research at the university. Her book, Violent Democratization: Social Movements, Elites, and Politics in Colombia's Rural War Zones, 1984-2008 has just been published by the University of Notre Dame Press.