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January 18, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

October 26, 2017

Puerto Rico
Tesla installs solar power at children's hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico Repowering Puerto Rico with Solar a Worthwhile Goal, But Harder Than It Sounds

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, there is an opportunity for Puerto Rico to reconstruct its energy infrastructure to be more resilient and efficient. However, if short-term rebuilding is prioritized o…

June 8, 2017

Vietnam
Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as they meet at Phuc's Cabinet Office in Hanoi on September 29, 2016 Frustrated with the Philippines, Vietnam Resorts to Cyber Espionage

Miguel Gomez is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies and Brandon Valeriano is a reader at Cardiff University, the Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics at the Marine Corps University,…

May 31, 2017

Energy and Environment
President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the EPA How to Save Mission Innovation

Today officials are reporting President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I’ve argued before that that would be an inexcusable foreign policy blunder…

March 2, 2017

Americas
People take part in a protest against corruption in Lima, Peru after a scandal involving bribes Brazil's Odebrecht distributed in Peru, February 16, 2017 (Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters). Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

February 24, 2017

Americas
Peruvian Woman Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

December 15, 2016

Americas
July 28, 2016 (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo). Latin America’s Wide-Open Electoral Season

Half of the eighteen nations of Central and South America will hold presidential elections over the next two years.[1] The number of elections is not unprecedented, but the degree of uncertainty is, …

January 11, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A supporter rallying for a peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC stands under a banner reading "for peace" during a march in Bogota. Colombia’s Civil Conflict

The Colombian government and FARC rebels have signed a historic peace agreement that charts a path to sustainable peace after decades of civil war.

October 12, 2016

Americas
Javier Duarte, governor of the state of Veracruz, attends a news conference in Xalapa, Mexico, August 10, 2015 (Reuters/Stringer). Mexico’s Corrupt Governors

Last June, Mexico elected new governors in twelve of its thirty-one states. As millions of voters went to the urns, corruption was a top concern (along with insecurity). Eight states saw the incumben…