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Frontera norte

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ARANDA BUSTAMANTE, Gilberto Cristian  and  SALINAS CANAS, Sergio Fernando. Minefields and Humanitarian Demining at the Chile-Bolivia Border: A Step-by-Step Approach. Frontera norte [online]. 2015, vol.27, n.54, pp.123-142. ISSN 2594-0260.

The border is a place of encounter for geopolitical and literary accounts as well as historiographical and anthropological ones, but also is, like the doors guarded by the god Janus, a location where the dichotomy between control and integration-the paradox of globalization-is apparent. All this may allow an informal measurement of relations between neighbors. This article will discuss the implementation, over 30 years, of border controls at the Chilean-Bolivian frontier through the deployment of one of the most aggressive policies seen in teichopolitics: mine-laying that resulted in a virtual wall between both countries. Finally, the reasons that led Chile in recent years to remove mines and reduce its control of the border will be analyzed.

Keywords : security; integration; border; Bolivia; Chile.

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