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Author Gomez-Suarez, Andrei.

Title Genocide, Geopolitics and Transnational Networks : Con-textualising the destruction of the Unión Patriótica in Colombia
Edition 1st ed
Published London : ASM Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (235 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Global and Transnational Politics
Routledge studies in global and transnational politics.
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Geopolitics, transnational networks, and the UP genocide -- Outline -- Methods -- Notes -- 1. Con-textualising genocide: Geopolitics, transnational networks and affective dispositions -- Deconstructing the genocide script -- Genocidal geopolitical conjunctures -- The political economy of affective dispositions -- Con-textualisation -- A glance into the political economy of affective dispositions: con-textualising the UP genocide -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 2. The Unión Patriótica: Civilian social networks and the social construction of genocide-victims -- Identity-narratives and the UP civilian social network -- The birth of the UP (1984-7) -- The UP as the offspring of the peace process (1987-9) -- The UP revolt against the PC (1989-90) -- In re-search of a self (1990-1) -- From the Communist Party's dominance to the shadow UP National Board (1992-2002) -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 3. The perpetrator bloc in Colombia: A critical mapping of genocidists -- The context-affect nexus and the crystallisation of perpetrator blocs -- The armed forces' targeting of communists (1980-7) -- Paramilitarisation overtakes militarisation (1987-9) -- The turmoil years within the perpetrator bloc (1989-91) -- The reconstitution of paramilitary groups: toward a more hierarchical perpetrator bloc (1992-7) -- The rise and fall of a narcoparamilitary-led perpetrator bloc (1997-2006) -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4. Transnational military networks and the participation of Colombian security forces in the perpetrator bloc -- The making of an anticommunist military mindset (1950-70) -- The National Security Doctrine: Southern Cone dictatorships and Colombia in the 1970s
8. Genocidal geopolitical conjunctures and the political economy of affective dispositions: A critique of the genocide script -- The strategy of con-textualisation -- Findings and lessons for future research -- 1. The importance of deconstructing geopolitical narratives -- 2. The need to map perpetrator blocs -- 3. The significance of unwrapping genocide-victims -- 4. Critical genocide studies' challenge to liberal identity politics -- Revisiting Colombian scholarship: policy implications -- Afterthought: affective implications -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Low-intensity warfare: a post-Vietnam counter-insurgency in the making -- Importing Salvadorian counter-insurgency warfare into 1980s Colombia -- The School of the Americas: the exchange and production of scripts amongst hemispheric security forces (1980-2000) -- Narcoguerrillas and narcoterrorism: scripting existential threats to Colombia's survival (1984-2010) -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 5. The hyperreal writing of Colombia: Con-textualising the UP genocide in US foreign policy space -- From Carter to Reagan: US neoconservatism and the consolidation of the National Security Doctrine in Colombia -- The Reagan doctrine and the Colombian dilemma: 'peace is war' -- Bush's new world order: the hyperreal writing of the Colombian drug cartels -- Clinton's multilateralism, Bush's war on terror and the neglect of the UP genocide -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 6. Drug traffickers, paramilitaries and transnational companies: Mapping il(legal) material/discursive flows in the unfolding of the UP genocide -- The rise of drug-trafficking organisations (1976-84) -- The Medellín conglomerate: the first narcotisation of paramilitary groups (1984-9) -- The Pepes and Cali drug-trafficking organisations: the disbanding of the Medellín conglomerate (1989-93) -- ACCU: The reconstitution of counter-insurgency strategies (1994-7) -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 7. Anti-geopolitics: The UP as part of a transnational network of resistance to genocide -- The UP's early transnational strategies of containment (1985-7) -- Writing anti-geopolitics -- The unfolding of anti-geopolitics -- A short retreat in the UP's transnational strategy (1990-1) -- The consolidation of anti-geopolitics and the hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice (1992-2010) -- Conclusion -- Notes
Summary This volume seeks to uncover and discuss the links between genocide, geopolitics and transnational networks. By studying the destruction of the Union Patrotica (UP) in Colombia - a process usually regarded as one of the extreme by-products of the Colombian armed conflict- through the lens of genocide studies, Gomez-Suarez challenges mainstream international relations, genocide and Colombian armed conflict studies. Moving beyond the analysis of the Colombian case, the book offers a broader interdisciplinary theoretical framework that also attends to transnational relations of perpetrators and resisters and the political economy of affective-dispositions for mapping genocidal conjuncture. Methodologically, the text aims to present a re-interpretation of what constitutes genocide beyond its legal definition and turn towards its political and ethical dimensions to create a conceptual framework in which genocide appears to turn ever more into a decentralized network of various actors that contributed to a genocidal mentality, which, ultimately, enable the destruction of the civil society networks. This work will be an important contribution to both the debates on genocide and international relations and the study of global connectivities
Notes Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources
Subject Genocide -- Colombia
Political parties -- Colombia
State-sponsored terrorism -- Colombia
Unión Patriótica (Colombia)
Victims of state-sponsored terrorism -- Colombia
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317656059