Geopolitics and territorial issues: Relevance for South America

A. M. Kacowicz*

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This paper surveys the impact of geopolitical thinking as applied to issues of territory in Latin America, with special emphasis upon its Southern Cone. The relevance of geopolitics is examined as an ideological doctrine and as a normative framework to understand territorial changes, territorial conflicts that have not escalated into fullyfledged wars, and rare cases of actual wars fought in the twentieth century in South America. I question the changing meaning of geopolitical doctrines following the 'third wave' of democratization in Latin America by suggesting more 'positive' avenues for the former pernicious implications of geopolitica] doctrines, including economic development and regional integration. Finally, I juxtapose 'conventional' geopolitics with more recent ideas of 'critical' geopolitics and its potential implementation in the region.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)81-100
Number of pages20
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


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