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Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An army can be a terrible thing to waste. That’s particularly true in many Latin American countries, where the threats from outside often fall far short of the threats from within. So what’s a national army to do if it doesn’t need to worry too much about guarding its country’s borders?

International peacekeeping and humanitarian work is a start. That’s what got the Brazilian army so involved in places like Haiti, and reminded everyone that Brazil was the second great military superpower of the Americas.

Domestic humanitarian . . .

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