n Latin American Report - Defence policies in Argentina and Chile : into a new strategic relationship : research article




This article describes the decades of military enmity between Chile and Argentina over the ownership of the Beagle Channel islands. Often, especially under military rule, these countries appeared ready to resort to force, but this no longer appears to be the case. The tradition of averting force in South America is a common heritage that both countries honour and periodically commemorate in military exchanges and rituals. The 'no-war condition' in South America during the twentieth century does not imply that military establishments are bound to disappear in the region. War is always possible, but ever more rarely. Almost every South American state takes military measures to deal with war. However, democratic recovery on the sub-continent seems stronger than ever before - almost validating the Kantian hypothesis that stable democracies do not fight each other.

Este artículo describe las décadas de enemistad militar entre Chile y Argentina con motivo de la propiedad de las islas del Canal Beagle. A menudo, especialmente bajo mando militar, los dos países parecían dispuestos a recurrir a la fuerza pero aparentemente ya no. La tradiciön de alejar la fuerza en Sudamérica es una herencia común que ambos países aprecian y conmemoran periödicamente en rituales e intercambios militares. La 'condiciön de no-guerra' en Sudamérica durante el siglo XX no implica que las clases militares sean propensas a desaparecer en la regiön. La guerra es siempre posible, pero cada vez más rara. Casi todos los países sudamericanos toman medidas militares en caso de que haya guerra. Sin embargo, la recuperaciön democrática del subcontinente parece más fuerte que nunca, casi dando validez a la hipötesis kantiana de que las democracias estables no luchan entre si.


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