A Two-Colombia Model: How the “Hidden Colombia” Emerges with Qualitative Analysis

A Two-Colombia Model: How the “Hidden Colombia” Emerges with Qualitative Analysis
Research paper
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At first glance, state stability seems to be on the rise in Colombia; however, closer examination gives rise to a two-Colombia model. The “Visible Colombia” is represented by the currently available statistical data, while the “Hidden Colombia,” lost in the statistical aggregation, emerges through qualitative analysis. In this paper, I analyzed rural poverty and cocaine profitability across three Colombian departments to better understand the “Hidden Colombia.” Evidence suggests a correlation between high levels of rural poverty and decreased stability due to the intervention and activity of illegal armed groups. Although cocaine is the primary product trafficked by illegal armed groups, substitution of another product for cocaine would leave the model unchanged. Therefore, it is not the presence of cocaine trafficking that decreases stability, but the activities of illegal armed groups associated with trafficking that decrease government stability.

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WHDL-00018806
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