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Malvinas: politics, territory and internationalism

ByRonaldo Munck

The reverberations of the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war in the South Atlantic are still being felt today. British Prime Minister David Cameron accuses Argentina of acting in a colonialist manner. Argentina has stepped up the diplomatic offensive around decolonization and has obtained considerable regional support. From an ‘Argentinian inter-nationalist’ perspective, this article carries out a brief historical analysis to then outline some of the main elements of the current situation. While recognising the critical importance of the geo-strategy in explaining the ongoing conflict in the South Atlantic, the emphasis here is more on the political dimension, especially in relation to emerging positions in Argentina seeking to transcend the dominant nationalist territorial position on the Malvinas.