The end of peace and the beginning of in/security

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:
The end of peace and the beginning of in/security

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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

Chapter.  17364 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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