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An overview of the Colombian context  

Josefina Echavarria A.

in In/security in Colombia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079856
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702185 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079856.003.0002
An overview of the Colombian context  

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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

Chapter.  12372 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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