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Cooperación dependiente asociada. Relaciones estratégicas asimétricas entre Colombia y Estados Unidos

Colombia Internacional. 2015;85:171-205 DOI 10.7440/colombiaint85.2015.06


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Journal Title: Colombia Internacional

ISSN: 0121-5612 (Print); 1900-6004 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad de los Andes

Society/Institution: Universidad de los Andes, Departamento de Ciencia Política

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations | Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Colombia

Language of fulltext: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Arlene B. Tickner (Universidad de los Andes (Colombia))

Mateo Morales (Universidad de los Andes (Colombia))


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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The “exportation” of security has become a core component of Colombia’s foreign policy. Although the cooperation provided for third parties is a result of the country’s strategy to increase its own regional and international visibility, much of it is the result of triangulation with the United States. The main objective of the article is to critically question this new model of bilateral interaction in light of the conceptual literature on asymmetrical international relations, which gravitates around the degrees of dependency, submission, penetration, reciprocity and autonomy that exist between states with marked power differentials. We argue that in situations characterized by asymmetry, a more autonomous form of behavior on the part of the weak country does not necessarily clash with being dependent on the strong one. However, the article concludes that the “associated dependent cooperation” that exists between Colombia and the United States, although it seems to configure a more strategic and less subordinate bilateral relationship, is not free of contradictions.