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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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The end of peace and the beginning of in/security

The end of peace and the beginning of in/security

(p.85) 3 The end of peace and the beginning of in/security
In/security in Colombia

Josefina Echavarria A.

Manchester University Press

This chapter contextualises the release of the Democratic Security Policy (DSP) in Colombia, and also describes how the options peace or security were articulated as exclusive and definitive. The end of the peace talks between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias-Ejército del Pueblo in February 2002 signalled the foreclosed possibility of a peaceful transformation of the armed conflict. The crisis of the end of peace turned into an opportunity to assert state identity, heightened by hot electorate debates during the presidential campaign of 2002, in which the main decision for the voters was peace or in/security. Peace was to be postponed for the day in which in/security brings freedom. The electoral victory of Alvaro Uribe in May 2002 changed the discursive articulation of the Colombian subjectivity. The precedents for releasing the DSP presented the historical and social circumstances that legitimised the in/security discourse in Colombia.

Keywords:   Democratic Security Policy, Colombia, peace, security, peace talks, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, Ejército del Pueblo, state identity, Alvaro Uribe

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