As Argentina's claim to the Malvinas/Falkland Islands illustrates, a number of territorial disputes continue to this day throughout the world. Such disagreements may play a key role in shaping the national identity of a country, notes David Keeling, a geography professor at Western Kentucky University. Meanwhile, Argentina's leadership may be overlooking the implications of asserting ownership of the islands, Keeling writes. "The right to self determination by the islanders must be recognized and protected a priori to any political territorial settlement in the future," he writes.
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