African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403

Full Length Research Paper

Strategic dynamic thinking to manage public order: A systemic approach

J. A. Parra-Valencia
  • J. A. Parra-Valencia
  • Falcultad de ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga, Systemic Thinking Research Group, Colombia.
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A. R. Lizcano
  • A. R. Lizcano
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, CEDEDUIS, GENTE Research Group, Colombia.
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E. Pineda
  • E. Pineda
  • Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia, Bucaramanga, ECBTI, GUANE Research Group, Colombia.
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  •  Received: 09 June 2017
  •  Accepted: 17 May 2018
  •  Published: 30 June 2018


Security in post-conflict zones is a priority. However, strategists find it difficult to understand how to keep low Public Order Incidents. System Dynamics and a Strategic Point of View were used to develop a frame to learn about Public Order Incidents applied to the Colombian Case. A Working Dynamic Hypothesis and Simulation Model were developed to advance understanding of the problem. It was discovered that Public Order incidents could be explained as consequence of a very limited perspective on a conflict. In conclusion, it is claimed that strategies on resources, like Members, produce oscillations in Public Order Incidents.
Key words: Public order, peace, Colombia, post-conflict.