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Demobilising Guatemala

Keen, David (2003) Demobilising Guatemala. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (37). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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War is often seen as a conflict between competing 'sides' where the aim is to win. However, the aims in a way may be quite diverse and may include, for example, the acquisition of wealth and the suppression of democratic forces - aims which may be better served by prolonging the war than by winning it. Rather than assuming a sharp break between war and peace, it may be more productive to suppose that conflict is ever-present, that conflict is shaped at a variety of levels by various groups who create and manipulate it for various reasons, and that conflict in peacetime is in many ways a modification of conflict in wartime. Keen's paper explores the implications of such continuity in the context of Guatemala, and in particular the effects that demobilisation have had. Beginning with an examination of the vested interests of armed groups, the paper goes on to look at the role that shame has played in the peacetime actions of the counter-insurgency structures, ending by commenting on how new global 'wars' represent new opportunities to reframe local conflicts.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 David Keen
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 10:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:31

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