The main concern of this book is the violent spiral of war that is created by the security programme of the Colombian state. The thesis is that the state security discourse contributes to shaping political identities in such a way that the writing of war is intermingled with the writing of peace, ultimately involving the moulding of political imaginaries in Colombia. The book concentrates on the Democratic Security Policy (DSP) as an example of how security discourses constitute political identities, illustrating how the promise of in/security written into the DSP ultimately feeds the violence it pledges to halt. It then describes how the danger of narco-terrorism contributes to the creation of attributes of both ‘self’ and ‘other’. This chapter provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.
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