Sendero Luminoso and the Threat of Narcoterrorism

Sendero Luminoso and the Threat of Narcoterrorism

Sendero Luminoso and the Threat of Narcoterrorism

Sendero Luminoso and the Threat of Narcoterrorism

Synopsis

Sendero Luminoso or the "Shining Path" ranks among the most elusive, secretive, and brutal guerrilla organizations in the world. Once a radical uprising limited to the Andean highlands of Ayacucho, it is now a movement of national proportions that has woven itself into the fabric of Peruvian society. This book provides a comprehensive overview of this guerrilla organization and the Peruvian government's dilemma in dealing with it and the emergence of "narcoterrorism," a mutually beneficial relationship between the cocaine syndicate and Sendero Luminoso.

Excerpt

There is the real possibility that the easing of cold war tensions will lead to the emergence of a multipolar world, upsetting the nuclear balance of terror achieved by the two superpowers. Despite all the global tensions of the postWorld War II era, the fear of mutually assured destruction did place constraints on the level and degree of regional violence. The two superpowers would not tolerate the escalation of local or regional conflicts to the point where they threatened global peace. Without those constraints, one should expect that regional leaders and their opponents will be more tempted to solve their problems through armed violence.

The prospect of rising regional violence in the 1990s makes this study of a major South American terrorist group -- Sendero Luminoso of Peru -- particularly germane. Sendero's terrorist and guerrilla activities can serve as a blueprint of one type of violence that policy-makers will most likely be forced to deal with in the years ahead. If the focus of defense planning for the past 45 years on nuclear and large-scale conventional warfare is any indication, the West will be ill-prepared to deal with the kind of violence that Professor Tarazona-Sevillano has depicted.

Low-intensity conflict, which includes insurgencies, guer-

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