Fronteras Vivas or Dead Ends? The Impact of Military Settlement Projects in the Amazon Borderlands

The geopolitical initiative of creating military settlement projects, fronteras vivas (living borders), along isolated stretches of the Amazon borderlands transforms land use and livelihoods in unexpected ways. A case study in the Peruvian Amazon explores the natural resource management, household economics, and political geography of a borderland military base and associated settlement. Results find the military settlement project's transboundary impacts create opportunities for international conflict in an age of South American integration.