In early April, Nicaragua inaugurated a satellite-tracking station built and operated by Russian technicians. It’s not just the facility’s “space age” component that makes this a throwback to the Cold War days of competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It’s also the location, not far from the U.S. coast.
Colombia is now closer than it has ever been to solving its illicit drug problem, even if it just measured record-breaking cultivation of coca, the plant used to make cocaine. The FARC peace deal has eliminated the most prominent obstacle to democratic governance over vast rural areas where coca is cultivated.