Countering Criminal Insurgencies: Fighting Gangs and Building Resilient Communities in Post-War Guatemala

Cover: Reconfiguring Intervention

Cover: Reconfiguring Intervention

Markus-Michael Müller, Markus Hochmüller – 2017

During the Cold War, Guatemala has witnessed one of the most brutal and prolonged counter-insurgency campaigns. While many observers interpreted the return to democracy in 1996 as a rupture with the country’s counter-insurgent past, this chapter demonstrates the renaissance of counter-insurgent violence in contemporary Guatemala. We show how transnational security governance efforts aimed at confronting the local ‘criminal insurgency’ represented by street gangs, introduce a new pattern of counter-insurgent violence into the country’s social fabric. As liberal state-building projects have largely failed to deliver the expected results in the local ‘war on gangs’, local and external actors increasingly promote the creation of ‘resilient’ communities within the field of counter-insurgency-inspired anti-gang policies, thereby blurring the boundaries between transnational policing, military operations and development aid.

Titel
Countering Criminal Insurgencies: Fighting Gangs and Building Resilient Communities in Post-War Guatemala
Verlag
Palgrave
Ort
Basingstoke
Schlagwörter
Guatemala, Sicherheit, Intervention, Kriminalität, Policing, Teilprojekt C3
Datum
2017
Kennung
ISBN 978-1-137-58877-7
Erschienen in
Moe, Louise Wiuff/Müller, Markus-Michael (eds.): Reconfiguring Intervention: Complexity, Resilience and the "Local Turn" in Counterinsurgent Warfare, 163-186.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text