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Latinoamérica. Revista de estudios Latinoamericanos

versión On-line ISSN 2448-6914versión impresa ISSN 1665-8574


SALA, Laura Yanina. Strategic military and the reformulation of military thought. Guatemala 1978-1986. Latinoamérica [online]. 2018, n.67, pp.203-238. ISSN 2448-6914.

This paper analyzes the reformulation of Guatemalan military thought that emerged within the framework of the political crisis in the late seventies. It argues that this reform, led by the strategic officers, is one of the conditions that made possible the installation of counter subversion democracy in Guatemala. Based on sources not used before, such as the dissertations for the promotion of officers in the Center for Military Studies, the paper makes it clear that said reform included three central issues: the restatement of the “subversive problem” (its origins, its characteristics and responses to the “subversive war”); military professionalism and practical reflections on the dangers of political government. These three aspects, as the article shows, were the argumentative basis that served the strategic officials to promote the so-called “transition to democracy”.

Palabras llave : Democracy; Military Thought; Cold War; Guatemala.

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