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In/security in ColombiaWriting Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy$
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Josefina A. Echavarria

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079856

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079856.001.0001

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An overview of the Colombian context  

An overview of the Colombian context  

(p.18) 1 An overview of the Colombian context
In/security in Colombia

Josefina Echavarria A.

Manchester University Press

This chapter reports the in/security discourse of the Colombian government. Colombia can be represented as a new war, as a situation of violence fed by criminals in search for profit, as a society at war, as a fragile state or as an internal armed conflict. In the particular case of Colombia, the thesis of state weakness is presented in a direct relationship to the emergence of guerrilla and paramilitary groups. Most of the analyses of the Colombian conflict merge several explanations (new wars, search for profit and failed states), and do not affirm one and only one cause or characterisation of violence. The Democratic Security Policy is the favoured ‘weapon’ of the Colombian government to fight the narco-terrorist threat. Colombian administrations have transformed the representation of the conflict from a communist struggle to a war against narco-terrorism, hand in hand with US foreign policy priorities.

Keywords:   Colombian government, Colombia, new wars, violence, Democratic Security Policy, US foreign policy, narco-terrorism

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