By Allison Fedirka
At Geopolitical Futures, our model highlights the Western Hemisphere’s stability and calmness when compared to the rest of the world, much of which is in crisis. South America particularly stands out because, despite the differences between some of the continent’s countries, it has not experienced full-scale interstate warfare in over 80 years. During this time period, many parts of the world have been fraught with active military conflicts. Such a prolonged absence of interstate war deserves further examination given that South America did experience multiple violent interstate wars in its first 120 years of independence. However, since the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay ended in 1935, security and military matters in South American countries have remained largely focused on domestic issues. The few times interstate tensions increased to a military level, the countries involved never engaged in a full-scale prolonged war.
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