The last fifteen years have seen an unprecedented decline in the standard of living of the worlds rural poor, and a related upsurge in both internal and international migration as people search for options.
The Asia/Pacific region is the geopolitical center of the struggle for world power.
The U.S. trade embargo and various other sanctions against Cuba have been in place for some 36 yearsand U.S. policy toward the island has changed little in that time.
For many in the U.S., Somalia is viewed as a powerful symbol of United Nations peacekeeping failure.
The U.S. views Libya and Sudan as rogue states that should be contained by providing U.S. military aid to neighboring countries.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sets guidelines for the elimination of most trade and investment barriers between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico over a 15-year period.
For 20 years the gap has been widening between the level of economic development in Africa and every other area of the world.
The U.S. military did not foresee an end of the cold war and was caught without a new strategy when the Soviet Union collapsed.
What happened to the peace dividend that was widely expected to accrue from reduced defense spending after the end of the cold war?
Since the early 1980s Washington has sought to break down all barriers to U.S. trade and investment in Mexico.