The Logic of Kidnapping in Civil War: Evidence from Colombia

  title={The Logic of Kidnapping in Civil War: Evidence from Colombia},
  author={Daniel A. Gilbert},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  • Daniel A. Gilbert
  • Published 22 March 2022
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Why do some armed groups kidnap for ransom? Despite a dramatic spike in kidnappings by political groups over the last several decades, there are scant existing explanations for why groups use this tool of coercion. Leveraging evidence from extensive interviews with former combatants from Colombia’s civil war, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN), as well as military and security personnel, I show that ransom kidnapping is used to enforce… 

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