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The Andes in Focus: Security, Democracy, and Economic Reform

Russell Crandall, Guadalupe Paz, and Riordan Roett, editors
The Andes in Focus: Security, Democracy, and Economic Reform
ISBN: 978-1-58826-331-5
ISBN: 978-1-58826-307-0
2005/237 pages/LC: 2004024460

"A judicious, clear-headed appraisal of a region that is a veritable laboratory for challenging social and political analysis. Coherent, crisply written, mercifully free of jargon, and admirably accessible to both policymakers and academics."—Michael Shifter, Latin American Politics and Society

"A comprehensive and accessible introduction to this important region."—Craig Arceneaux, International Studies Review

"Contributes a much needed and comprehensive understanding of the Andean region.... both the country cases and the policy chapters are uniformly excellent."—Waltrud Q. Morales, University of Central Florida


How can a region roiled by political strife, civil war, illicit drug trafficking, and dismal economic performance achieve political stability and support economic growth? The Andes in Focus addresses this question with an in-depth look at the complex factors underlying the ongoing volatile situation.

The authors offer detailed analyses of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, as well as examinations of U.S. policies with regard to the Andes. The result is a detailed but accessible study of current political, economic, and security issues in a beleaguered region.


Russell Crandall is associate professor of political science at Davidson College and adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Guadalupe Paz is associate director of the Latin American Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Riordan Roett is Sarita and Don Johnston Professor of Political Science and director of the Western Hemisphere Program at SAIS.


  • Introduction: The Pursuit of Stability in the Andes—R. Crandall.
  • Colombia: Staving Off Partial Collapse—J. Sweig and M. McCarthy.
  • Bolivia: Democracy Under Pressure—R. Orias.
  • Peru: The Trauma of Post Democratic Consolidation—R. Orias.
  • Venezuela: Revolutionary Changes Under Chávez—J.C. Sainz and G. Paz.
  • Ecuador: Democracy and Economy in Crisis—F. Rivera Vélez and F. Ramírez Gallegos.
  • U.S. Policy in the Andes: Commitments and Commitment Traps—M.E. Williams.
  • From Drugs to Security: A New U. S. Policy Toward Colombia—R. Crandall.
  • Conclusion: The Andean Crisis in Context—R. Roett.