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Lina María Restrepo ;Desafíos 2011, 23 2

Author: Boris Salazar

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Desafíos ISSN: 0124-4035 revistadesafios.urosario@gmail.com Universidad del Rosario Colombia Salazar, Boris; Restrepo, Lina María Lethal Closeness: The Evolution of a Small-World Drug Trafficking Network Desafíos, vol.
23, núm.
2, julio-diciembre, 2011, pp.
197-221 Universidad del Rosario Bogotá, Colombia Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=359633170004 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Lethal Closeness: The Evolution of a Small-World Drug Trafficking Network* Boris Salazar** Lina María Restrepo*** Artículo recibido: 18-07-2011 Artículo aprobado: 25-08-2011 Para citar este artículo: Salazar, Boris y Restrepo, Lina María (2011).
Lethal Closeness: The Evolution of a Small World Drug Trafficking Network.
Desafíos 23-II, pp.
197-221. Abstract The evolution of the drug trafficking network –so-called– ‘Cartel del Norte del Valle’, is studied using network analysis methods.
We found that the average length between any pair of its members was bounded by 4 –an attribute of smallworld networks.
In this tightly connected network, informational shocks induce fear and the unleashing of searches of threatening nodes, using available paths. Lethal violence ensues in clusters of increasing sizes that fragment the network, without compromising, however, the survival of the largest component, which proved to be resilient to massive violence.
In spite of a success from the point of view of head counting, the US’ socialization program for drug traffickers did not effectively change the cyclical dynamics of the drug dealing business: war survivors took over what was left from the old network initiating a new cycle of business and violence. * The authors are grateful to Nathaly Cruz for her resea...





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