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Regional Border Conflicts Simmer, But Are Not Expected to Erupt

LADB Article ID: 79748
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2015-09-04
By: Andrés Gaudín

At a time that the many existing border conflicts between South American countries are either resolved or are latent but dormant, Venezuela, Guyana, Bolivia, and Chile have reactivated disputes. Even in countries with relatively like-minded governments, the leaders are making use of verbal artillery and have seemingly forgotten what good diplomatic manners are. Regardless, regional international relations specialists believe that one need not fear confrontations will go beyond rhetoric and lead to a quasi war. "None of our countries is an attractive market for the arms industry where it can put lobbyists to work. Besides, our societies are too mature to allow any politician to go too far and risk the domestic peace currently being achieved after having suffered decades of civil-military dictatorships," said Lido Iacomini, an Argentine analyst of Latin American issues. "Likewise, the political and social leadership should remain vigilant lest someday we wake up to a nasty surprise," he added in a piece published by the Agencia Paco Urondo, an alternative Web site associated with the university community.

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