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The Nicaragua-Costa Rica border dispute – A symptom of ‘Tico’ decline?

Figueroa-Clark, Victor (2011) The Nicaragua-Costa Rica border dispute – A symptom of ‘Tico’ decline? International Affairs at LSE (27 Mar 2011). Website.

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Since the eruption of the border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in October 2010, the supposed causes of the conflict have been widely disseminated in the media. These analyses have often been lacking historical context, and have largely ascribed the dispute to nationalism. Meanwhile, in Central America, one is left to choose between allegations of Costa Rican imperialism on the one hand and Nicaraguan military ‘invasion’ on the other. It could appear that both sides have lost analytical perspective, and that we are witnessing another ‘typical’ bout of Latin American ‘hysteria’. However, ignoring the nationalistic tones of some outbursts and the way they are being portrayed in the English-language media, and instead concentrating on the origins of the recent dispute, we may find evidence of structural tensions in the region, and symptoms of worrying events in Costa Rica.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D880 Developing Countries
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2021 00:16

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