Latin America and the Illusion of Peace

Overview

This book explores interstate conflict and its dynamics in the context of Latin America’s contemporary conflict management experience. The myth of Latin America as a region of peace means that each time the use of force rises to the level of global attention (e.g., Ecuador-Peru 1995 or Colombia-Ecuador 2008) analysts and the press ask, "how could that happen here?" Yet the official uses of military force in interstate relations are significantly more prevalent than most analysts within and outside the region ...

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Overview

This book explores interstate conflict and its dynamics in the context of Latin America’s contemporary conflict management experience. The myth of Latin America as a region of peace means that each time the use of force rises to the level of global attention (e.g., Ecuador-Peru 1995 or Colombia-Ecuador 2008) analysts and the press ask, "how could that happen here?" Yet the official uses of military force in interstate relations are significantly more prevalent than most analysts within and outside the region understand, and the region is facing new and potentially destabilizing challenges. It is the contention of this book that mitigating the threat raised by militarized interstate relations requires understanding the various ways in which military force can be employed short of war; this in turn requires illuminating the decision making process that produces militarization of a disagreement, considering options for dissuading the decision makers from choosing to militarize and limiting escalations when militarization does occur.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415638463
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/12/2012
  • Series: Adelphi Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Mares holds the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs, has been Professor of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales at El Colegio de Mexico, Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de Chile and Visiting Professor at FLACSO-Ecuador. His books include Violent Peace, War and Peace in the Amazon and Coming in from the Cold: Chile-US Relations at the Millennium

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Glossary 7

Introduction 9

Inter-state conflict in Latin America 12

Latin America's security architecture 18

Significance of Latin American conflict 24

Chapter 1 Sources of conflict 27

Inter-state controversies 28

The domestic drivers of foreign policy 52

Conclusion 60

Chapter 2 The dynamics of militarisation 63

Understanding militarisation 64

Political-military strategies 66

Strategic balance 70

Characteristics of force 83

Constituency's willingness to pay costs 86

Leader's accountability 88

Conclusion 91

Chapter 3 Latin American hot spots 93

Colombia-Ecuador, with Venezuela contributing to tensions 94

Nicaragua-Costa Rica 107

Bolivia-Chile 117

Dominican Republic-Haiti 123

Argentina-United Kingdom 125

Conclusion 128

Chapter 4 Preserving the illusion: managing conflict in Latin America 129

United States: preoccupied elsewhere 130

Brazil's paradox: global aspirations limit regional impact 136

The multilaterals: going against the grain 146

Conclusion 166

Conclusion 169

Appendix 1 Selected unresolved inter-state disputes in Latin America 177

Appendix 2 Memberships 179

Appendix 3 Latin America boundary settlements 2000-2011 181

Notes 183

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