FORWARD! The army and the construction of peace
por Hugues de COURTIVRON,
The end of the military order is now placed in the long-term in the path to democracy of our societies, of all our societies. It is not about a beatific vision of a dreamed evolution, but of a reality based on a slow construction that we must constantly encourage: to create the conditions of a security that doesn’t only depend on an imposed force but rather on the permanent search of a balance between the different actors of a group of which the ultimate aspiration, whatever we say, rather aims at an appeasement of the social relations and the public life.
This international meeting gathered former Argentinean, Chilean, Uruguayan and Venezuelan officers – of which some were in prison, or even were tortured –, Brazilian, Colombian, Ecuadorian officers, but also Germans, Spanish, French, Indians and Pakistanies, who participated to this international meeting organized in Santiago - by the Ecole de la Paix de Grenoble (School of Peace of Grenoble) and the Foundation Charles Léopold Mayer for the Progress of Human being, and as Chilean partners, the Corporación AYUN and the Center of strategic Studies of ARCIS university - on the theme: "The Army, Peace and Democracy ".
Largely positive assessment: there is an increasing consensus in the world on the democratic conditions of the use of strenght of the and by the army, on their role in terms of defence and security and also on their limits. The exchange networks between the involved sectors must be developed in order to deepen the reflection on these concepts of global security, regional integration and international co-responsibility.
Complete text in French.