The Heart of the US-Mexico Borderland

Nov. 25, 2016 Looking at the evolution of Texas as a borderland reveals underlying tensions between the two countries.

South America: Divided, not Conquered

July 27, 2017 Geography prevents any one nation from dominating the continent.

How Brazil Outgrew Mercosur

Years of dysfunction in the trade bloc are restricting Brazil’s global ambitions, and it needs a way out.

Mexico: A History of Power Vacuums

Mountains and long distances afflicted even the ancient empires of the land.

The Trouble With Spanish Nationalism

Nov. 2, 2017 Catalonia is only the latest reminder of how difficult it is to forge a single identity in such a diverse country.

In Europe, as Migration Falls, Nationalism Rises

Europe is still struggling to deal with the effects of the refugee crisis.

2016 Forecast Year-End Report Card

Dec. 22, 2016 As the year comes to an close, we examine how our forecast for 2016 fared.

China’s Modernization Plan: The Blueprint and the Backlash

“Made in China 2025” promises to help Beijing dominate the high-tech world, but it has raised suspicions in the West.

Mexico: One Country, Two Economies

Oct. 5, 2017 The country’s status as an up-and-coming economic power raises some questions that can be answered by geopolitics.

In Eastern Ukraine, No Good Options Remain

Rebel-held Luhansk now stands on the frontline of the conflict between East and West.

Perspectives on the North Korea Crisis

Aug. 10, 2017 What happens in North Korea implicates all of East Asia.

Demographics and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Jan. 5, 2017 The demographics argument in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserves more scrutiny.