Category Archives: Latin America

Colombia’s peace process: a current overview

The talks in Havana between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla militant “terrorist” group, have already had a significant impact on an important region in the global economy due to a loosening of … Continue reading

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Obscurity: The “Soccer War”

Given that the Gold Cup recently ended, I feel it’s appropriate to discuss a topic related to soccer in Central America. One of the things that many Americans (myself included!) find striking about the world’s passionate obsession with soccer (“football”) … Continue reading

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Brazil’s “Awakening” : A Look at Online Mobilization

Protests in the street and direct challenges to authority are playing an interesting role in this era of greater global information access. These movements have brought down governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and beyond, and have scared many others, including … Continue reading

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Arming Syria’s rebels: Will it work?

After two years of cautious restraint, the Obama administration has reportedly directed the Central Intelligence Agency to begin supplying and distributing small arms and ammunition to elements of the Syrian opposition. What pushed President Obama over the edge? The answers … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 5 (full bracket)

Over the past month, Will Vogt and I have unveiled an entire “bracket,” modeled off the 68-team format used during college basketball’s final tournament, to provide a short preview of 64 “forgotten” conflicts across the world. In each “regional”—Middle East … Continue reading

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Obscurity: Celebrating the Birth of a Microstate

Today’s post will deal with the lighter side of international relations.  Here, I will explore a case study in individualist, independent thinking that makes America great.  In honor of the 31st anniversary of the Conch Republic, I will briefly tell … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 3 (Latin America)

We’re now near the end of the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) … Continue reading

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