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What Exactly is the “Global South”?

Academics and think tank analysts, predominantly in the U.S. and Europe, spend a lot of time debating whether it’s appropriate to use the nomenclature “Global South” to describe developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, among other regions.

In those regions, it’s actually less of an issue where framings like “South-South” are commonplace. The use of the word “South” doesn’t seem to be as sensitive an issue as it is for those observers in the “Global North.”

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