A specialist at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), Alejandra Flores Martínez, believes that the dissemination of a culture of peace is of paramount importance for the development of academic activities and as an assertive response to current local and global insecurity.
She also stressed that research towards peace and development is being carried out by UAEM and seeks to identify psychological and social effects of insecurity.
Flores Martínez explained that constant exposure to direct or indirect violent events and their consequences in the development of criminality, questions the legitimacy of reactive state policies on public security. She suggests that they should instead be replaced by programs of development.
She stated that the UAEM Law School is researching a project called “Public Policies in Public Security and Criminal Justice for the Mexican Constitutional State,” which raises the need for a paradigm shift in public security that allows for the application of citizen security.
She added that academic efforts aimed at identifying the true factors that generate violence, as well as the means necessary for peace-building, include the modification of cultural and behavioral patterns and the reconfiguration of social interaction.