Droughts and torrential rains have ruined the harvests of hundreds of thousands of impoverished farmers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Ill-prepared governments and climate change have put food security in the region permanently at risk; the next famine may start early next year.more
Years have now passed since one could use the term “Arab Spring” without deliberate irony, or at least quotation marks. And yet there is one country where the hopes of the once-euphoric revolutionaries did not turn out to have been misplaced. Yes, the Arab Spring has bloomed in Tunisia.more
Earlier this month, Australian, U.S. and Chinese troops took part in a survival training exercise in northern Australia. In an email interview, Benjamin Schreer, senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, discussed Australia’s military and strategic partnerships.more
Iran has long had one of the world’s biggest drug addiction problems, but the government’s attitude toward the drug war remains rife with contradiction. To understand its current approach, one must look at decades of shifting policies, as the battle against drug addiction has seen many phases.more
Panama’s new government has set its sights on weeding out corruption, which has marred the country’s efforts to become the Singapore of the Western Hemisphere. The economy is roaring. The question is whether politics—and in particular corruption—will ultimately drag Panama down.more
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