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Building Peace Amidst Violence:: Local Perceptions of Threat and Insecurity in Post-Conflict Colombia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5272-9301
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Countries that sign a peace agreement to emerge from protracted violent conflict often begin reconstructing their societies amidst continued high levels of violence. Responding to this situation, national security policies often identify core threats primarily from a state perspective, disregarding local community perceptions of threat and insecurity. This paper is based on interviews conducted in Colombia with members of three rural communities that have undergone and still suffer from different forms and levels of post-accord violence. Differentiating between measurable and lived security threats, it identifies the communities' perceptions of threats to their current security situation and compares them to those of the state security actors stationed in the communities. Embedded in the call for more pragmatic, bottom-up peacebuilding, we argue that security is context-specific and stress the importance of understanding the diversity of local community perspectives on security for building sustainable peace under conditions of ongoing violence. Final policy recommendations thus underline the need for a more differentiated approach towards improving security levels, which meets the specific threat perceptions and security concerns of local communities, empowers those communities and improves cooperation between local communities and state security actors to bring sustainable, localized peace to context-specific security environments. 

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Lund: Manuela Nilsson , 2018.
Keywords [en]
Violence, threat, conflict, Colombia
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82098OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82098DiVA, id: diva2:1306449
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Swedish Peace and Conflict Research conference 2018, Lund
Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-04-26

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