The three leading contenders in Argentina’s 2015 presidential race recurrently state they prefer closer ties with the United States. Why are they so eager to espouse an unpopular opinion when Electoral Campaigning 101 dictates that they should be doing otherwise? To answer this question, we need to take a closer look at the predicaments faced by the Argentine economy and how a friendly United States can help in the way of investments and international borrowing. Any analysis would be incomplete without also assessing the political dilemmas faced by the front-runners.
Civil wars are violent contestations of political power and the control of resources. In addition to producing winners and losers and destroying property and infrastructure, civil wars can produce or reinforce social, demographic, and economic changes with long-lasting effects. This article describes three interdependent socioeconomic and demographic processes created by or reinforced during the fifty-one year-old war system that has racked Colombia.