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What Are the Effects of US Military Aid to Colombia?

- September 28, 2009

bq. …a 1% increase in US military assistance increases paramilitary attacks by 1.5% more in base municipalities, and lowers turnout for mayoral elections by .2% and .12% more in militarily and electorally contested regions.

From this paper by Suresh Naidu and Oedrilla Dube. Hat tip to Chris Blattman, who notes:

bq. I wouldn’t say such evidence damns Plan Colombia. Fighting drug-funded insurgents is ugly but important. You don’t always get to pick your allies. But it suggests the U.S. might have a greater obligation to promote local democracy and safety alongside its military aid (and no, not by the military themselves).