From the War on FARC to the War on Dissidents: a Critique of Imperial Peace in a Post-Agreement Theatre of War

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Abstract

In 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) signed a peace deal (The Final Agreement to End the Conflict and Establish a Stable and Long-lasting Peace) in Havana, Cuba to end a 50-year-old civil war. This paper argues that, contrary to the conventional view, the relinquishing of weapons was a mistake, which is best understood through the context of regional power relations and politics of the Pink Tide and United States imperialism. It also argues that the peace deal has only favoured repressive political forces.
It is hoped that this critical analysis of imperial peace will provoke further debate and discussion of the policies and movements which have disintegrated or survived, and can spark genuine solidarity amongst liberation struggles to achieve better strategic outcomes that are independent of any state power, however great or small.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)282-303
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Labor and Society
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021

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