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SOUTH AMERICA IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA: WAR ON DRUGS AND THE RESHAPING OF THE US SECURITY AGENDA, por Rafael Villa, Thiago Rodrigues e Fabrício Bastos

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Postado por Talita de Almeida em 13/11/2015

 

VILLA, Rafael Duarte; RODRIGUES, Thiago; BASTOS, Fabrício Chagas. SOUTH AMERICA IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA: WAR ON DRUGS AND THE RESHAPING OF THE US SECURITY AGENDA. In: Revista da Escola de Guerra Naval, v. 21, n. 1, p.33-61, jan./jun. 2015.

 


 

The end of Cold War apparently put the South America region out of the main concerns of the US security agenda. After 9/11, such perception has gained importance in literature, when US global strategy focused on anotherness whose geographic position was nothing but distant from the southern territories of the Americas. Otherwise, this article general aim is to discuss the space occupied by South America in the US current security concerns and goals through the analyses of the US war on drugs. We argue that the US counter-narcotics policy is a local variation of its global security strategy. Through a historical perspective, we present a transition from an approach that associates the war on drugs with a Cold War enemy, particularly the communist guerrillas, toward  another  one  that  recognises  the  fight  against illegal drugs as itself a threat to the US national security and  a  justification  for  the  US  intelligence  and  military presence in South America.

 

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