Florina Cristiana Matei
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This chapter explores the policy and institutional transformations associated with interagency cooperation and coordination among the various components of the Chilean security sector (armed forces, police, intelligence agencies), as well as between these agencies and their foreign counterparts. The chapter argues that Chile’s transition to democracy has brought about considerable changes in civil-military relations, including improving interagency processes within the realm of defence and security – domestically and even more prominently, internationally – yet there is still room for improvement. The current main roles of the Chilean armed forces – which include safeguarding national sovereignty, preserving territorial inviolability, and ensuring the safety of the national population – have been devised with an interagency context in mind, whereby, domestically, the military indirectly supports the Chilean security and public safety institutions, whereas internationally, the Chilean military cooperates with international coalition forces. The chapter concludes that policy instruments, such as the Defence White Book, providing an overview of the defence sector’s legal basis, policies, and capabilities, have set the stage for military support to civilian authorities. Civilian and military leadership remain committed to investing in interagency cooperation in the field of security and defence in the short run, due to the increasingly interconnected and network-centric nature of the security threats and the subsequent call for more network-like security institutions, which the Chilean civil-military elites equally prioritise.

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Governing the military

The armed forces under democracy in Chile

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