U.S. Foreign Policy Motives in Colombia: Analysis Research Paper by Shrubber

U.S. Foreign Policy Motives in Colombia: Analysis
An analysis of U.S. foreign policy motives in Colombia, and "Plan Colombia," using a multiple streams framework of analysis.
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This paper presents an in-depth analysis of the United States' aid package for Colombia known as "Plan Colombia." An overview is provided of the political and historical background of the plan, and its ramifications are explained and evaluated. The writer examines whether it is a legitimate action taken against the supply-side drug problem in Latin America, or whether its motivation is the expansion of U.S. oil companies in Colombia. By first applying a multiple streams framework to the idea that Plan Colombia is a product of counter-narcotics policy and subsequently applying multiple streams to the idea that Plan Colombia is the result of the desire to expand the influence of American petroleum companies, the writer arrives at interesting conclusions. This paper contains a figure.

What is Plan Colombia?
Drug War: Problem Stream
Drug War: Policy Stream
Drug War: Politics Stream
Drug War: Coupling Event
Problems Arising from the Multiple Streams Framework Being Used to Analyze Narcotics as the Motive for Intervention in Colombia
Oil War: Problem Stream
Oil War: Policy Stream
Oil War: Politics Stream
Oil War: Coupling Event
Oil War: Proof After the Fact
Part II: an Evaluation of the Impact of Plan Colombia
PART III: A New Plan for Colombia: January 31, 2009
Political/Economic Background (Some Creative Writing About the Future)
The Situation in Colombia, 2009

From the Paper:

"Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was also the chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on crime and drugs, believed that the rise of cocaine production in Colombia, despite decreases in Peru and Bolivia, was evidence that the Clinton administration had not done enough to stop drugs at its source. Immediately, Hastert went on a crusade to address this problem. In a letter written to President Clinton in conjunction with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on August 3rd, 1999, an alarm was sounded over the need to prevent the creation of a "narco-state south of our border.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amnesty International. "Annual Report on Colombia," 2004. http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/colombia/document.do?id=7226D17FCB39404980256E9E005A954
  • Appenzeller, Tim, "The End of Cheap Oil," National Geographic, June 2004.
  • Associated Press. "Coca Production Declining in Colombia, U.S. Official Says," Associated Press, 10 August 2004.
  • Carrigan, Ana, "Colombian 'Drug War' Makes US a Sinister Ally: Clinton's $1.6 billion Will Buy Bombs and Pesticides," Boston Globe, 6 February 2000.
  • Carrigan, Anna, "Senators Plunge US into Colombia's Civil War," Irish Times, 26 June, 2000.

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APA Format

U.S. Foreign Policy Motives in Colombia: Analysis (2009, August 26) Retrieved March 03, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/us-foreign-policy-motives-in-colombia-analysis-116086/

MLA Format

"U.S. Foreign Policy Motives in Colombia: Analysis" 26 August 2009. Web. 03 March. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/us-foreign-policy-motives-in-colombia-analysis-116086/>