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December 17, 2021

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Three decades after its founding, Latin America’s largest trade bloc faces multiple challenges, including persistent internal division and the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Brazil.

July 1, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

May 26, 2022

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Differences over Taiwan’s status have fueled rising tensions between the island and the mainland. Conflict over Taiwan also has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations.

A helicopter flies a Taiwanese flag through the air.

April 16, 2008

Americas
Energy Bottlenecks in South America

South America faces energy shortfalls at the same time that several countries have nationalized energy resources. Experts say a lack of cooperation on energy policy could hinder regional economic gro…

May 4, 2018

South Korea
South Korea’s Chaebol Challenge

South Korea’s megaconglomerates have helped lift the country out of poverty, but their extraordinary influence could put the health of the Korean economy at risk.

A model poses with a Samsung smartphone.

May 25, 2022

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

May 14, 2014

South China Sea
South China Sea Tensions

As the United States pivots to Asia, disputes over territories in the South China Sea have escalated tensions and threatened regional stability.

A Vietnamese fishing boat goes past the USS Chung-Hoon at a port in Danang city, July 15, 2011.

April 13, 2022

Refugees and Displaced Persons
How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long been a safe haven for refugees from around the world. President Biden aims to expand the country’s resettlement program after the Trump administration made sharp cuts.

Afghan refugees walk through Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on September 2, 2021.

October 13, 2011

South Korea
The U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The longstanding U.S.-South Korea alliance, created as a bulwark against a communist North Korea, has expanded to include tighter trade ties and cooperation on global issues from climate change to in…

February 18, 2022

Americas
The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy and has become more assertive in promoting the rule of law, human rights, and fair elections as some states face domes…

World leaders convene during the OAS’ 2019 General Assembly meeting in Colombia.