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Southern Affairs is an online magazine for news, essays, book reviews, and historical research. Launched in Santiago, Chile in 2005, Southern Affairs provides a forum for scholars of Latin America as well as a field site for digital projects and academic papers from across the disciplines.

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    • Nathan Gill is a journalist and PhD student in Latin American history at UNC Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the intersection of the economy and environment in Andean South America. He previously worked for a decade as a freelance journalist and reporter for Bloomberg News covering governments, economies, and markets in Latin America.

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