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Peace in South America: Norm, Anomaly, or Historical Paradox?

  • Félix E. Martín
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Abstract

Interstate relations in South America have been comparatively more peaceful than in any other world region since 1935. The evolution and permanence of regional peace is particularly intriguing in the midst of enduring conditions for war and the actual outbreak of several militarized interstate disputes and diplomatic crises over the years. For some, the South American peace is just a normal historical development—product of the relative degree of satisfaction with the territorial status quo among these strong, independent states.1 For others, it represents an unusual phenomenon, because it defies objective regional empirical conditions, normally linked to the outbreak of war in other world regions.2 Still a third position espoused by this study considers paradoxical the contrast between the level of internal political violence in individual polities and the incidence of relative intraregional interstate peace in South America over a seventy-year period.3

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Armed Conflict South American Country Potential Adversary International Peace Territorial Dispute 
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