Slum Wars of the 21st Century: The New Geography of Conflict in Central America
This working paper argues that the violence plaguing Central America during the 1970s and 1980s - officially ended in 1996 - continues largely unabated. Drawing on the example of Nicaragua, the author refutes the conventional argument of a shift in the political economy of violence - from organized political violence to delinquency - and instead adopts a "peasant-to-urban war" explanation. As such, the author notes that "Slum Wars" are becoming the predominant form of civil conflict in Central America.
© D Rodgers, 2007